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Definition of MATERNAL

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Maternal \Ma*ter"nal\, a. [F. maternel, L. maternus, fr. mater mother. See {Mother}.] Of or pertaining to a mother; becoming to a mother; motherly; as, maternal love; maternal tenderness. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: See {Motherly}.
          [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "maternal": adoring, affectionate, ancestorial, ancestral, caring, conjugal, demonstrative, devoted, doting, faithful, fatherlike, fatherly, filial, fond, grandfatherly, grandmotherly, grandparental, husbandly, kind, kindly, languishing, lovelorn, lovesick, lovesome, loving, maternalistic, melting, mother, motherlike, motherly, nurturing, parent, parental, paternal, patriarchal, romantic, sentimental, soft, tender, understanding, uxorious, warm, wifely

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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