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EtymologyEdit

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. (attributive) 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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maternal (masculine and feminine plural maternals)

  1. Synonym of matern

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PortugueseEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • Hyphenation: ma‧ter‧nal

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maternal m or f (plural maternais, comparable)

  1. maternal (of or relating to mothers)

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maternal m (plural maternais)

  1. a school for young children

SpanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /materˈnal/, [mat̪erˈnal]
  • Hyphenation: ma‧ter‧nal

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maternal (plural maternales)

  1. Synonym of materno

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