CET6+ TEM4 IELTS GRE
- maternal:  Maternal and maternity  are the central English representatives of the Romance-language branch of the great Indo- European ‘mother’ word-family. Both go back to Latin māter ‘mother’ (source of French mère and Italian and Spanish madre), whose derived adjective māternus reached English via Old French maternel. Other English words that come ultimately from māter include material and matter, matrix  (from which also come madrigal and matriculate , etymologically ‘enter on a matrix or list’), and matrimony .
- maternal (adj.)
- late 15c., from Old French maternel (14c.), from Vulgar Latin *maternalis, from Latin maternus "maternal, of a mother," from mater "mother" (see mother (n.1)).
- 1. I didn't have as strong a maternal instinct as some other mothers.
- 2. She had little maternal instinct.
- 3. Her feelings towards him were almost maternal.
- 4. Her maternal grandfather was Mayor of Karachi.
- 5. I'm not very maternal.
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