maternal

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French maternel or post-Classical Latin māternālis (maternal), from māternus (maternal), from māter (mother).

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maternal (comparative more maternal, superlative most maternal)

  1. Of or pertaining to a mother; having the characteristics of a mother, motherly.
    His weakness seemed to bring out her maternal instincts.
  2. Related through the mother, or her side of the family.
    Toby is my maternal uncle.
  3. (anatomy, medicine) Derived from the mother as opposed to the foetus during pregnancy.

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Adjective[edit]

maternal m, f (plural maternales)

  1. maternal