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One entry found for maternal.
Main Entry: ma·ter·nal
Pronunciation: mschwa-primarystresstschwarn-schwal
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English maternal "maternal, of or like a mother," from early French maternel (same meaning), from Latin maternus "maternal," from mater "mother" --related to ALMA MATER
1 : of or relating to a mother : MOTHERLY
2 a : related through a mother <maternal grandparents> b : obtained or received from a female parent <maternal chromosomes>
- ma·ter·nal·ly /-schwal-emacron/ adverb

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