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[muh-tur-nl] /məˈtɜr nl/

of, pertaining to, having the qualities of, or befitting a mother:
maternal instincts.
related through a mother:
his maternal aunt.
derived from a mother:
maternal genes.
of, relating to, derived from, or characteristic of a mother
related through the mother’s side of the family: his maternal uncle

late 15c., from Old French maternel (14c.), from Vulgar Latin *maternalis, from Latin maternus “maternal, of a mother,” from mater “mother” (see mother (n.1)).

maternal ma·ter·nal (mə-tûr’nəl)


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