- Word Explorer, Word Parts
|part of speech:
||of, having to do with, or like a mother.
She showered her children with maternal love.
- similar words:
- mother, parental
||related on the mother's side of the family.
I went to see my maternal grandfather.
||maternalistic (adj.), maternally (adv.), maternalism (n.)
The word maternal
contains the following part:
matr, matri, mater
that means mother
- patr, patri, pater