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maternal

ma·ter·nal

maternal

 
pronunciation:
m tuhr nl
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of, having to do with, or like a mother.
She showered her children with maternal love.
 
synonyms:
motherly
similar words:
mother, parental
definition 2: related on the mother's side of the family.
I went to see my maternal grandfather.
derivations: maternalistic (adj.), maternally (adv.), maternalism (n.)
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The word maternal contains the following part:
matr, matri, mater Latin root that means mother
synonyms:
patr, patri, pater