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Meaning of maternal

ma•ter•nal

Pronunciation: (mu-tûr'nl), [key]
— adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, having the qualities of, or befitting a mother: maternal instincts.
  2. related through a mother: his maternal aunt.
  3. derived from a mother: maternal genes.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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