adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French maternel, from Medieval Latin maternalis, from Latin maternus, from mater mother — more at mother Date: 15th century 1. of, relating to, belonging to, or characteristic of a mother ; motherly 2. a. related through a mother <
his maternal aunt
b. inherited or derived from the female parent <
maternal genes
maternally adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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