a state of W central Brazil: formed in 1979 from part of Mato Grosso state. Capital: Campo Grande. Pop: 2 140 624 (2002). Area: 350 548 sq km (135 318 sq miles)
/maˈtɔkɛ/ noun 1. (in Uganda) the flesh of bananas, boiled and mashed as a food
/Portuguese mətuˈziɲuʃ/ noun 1. a port in N Portugal, on the estuary of the Leça River north of Oporto: fishing industry. Pop: 167 026 (2001)
- Matopo hills
/məˈtəʊpə/ plural noun 1. the granite hills south of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where Cecil Rhodes chose to be buried
1. variant of before a vowel. 1. a combining form meaning “mother,” used in the formation of compound words: matrilineal. combining form 1. mother or motherhood: matriarchy word-forming element meaning “mother,” from comb. form of Latin mater (genitive matris) “mother” (see mother (n.1)).