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Adjective: maternal  mu'tur-n(u)l
  1. Related on the mother's side
    "my maternal grandmother";
    - enate, enatic
  2. Characteristic of a mother
    "warm maternal affection for her guest"
  3. Relating to or derived from one's mother
    "maternal genes"
  4. Relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent
    "maternal guidance";
    - parental, paternal

See also: maternal quality, maternalism, maternalistic, maternity, matriarchal, motherlike, motherliness, motherly, related

Antonym: paternal

Encyclopedia: Maternal