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  1. a combining form meaning “mother,” used in the formation of compound words: matrilineal.
Also matro-; especially before a vowel, matr-.

Origin of matri-

< Latin, combining form of māter mother1
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Examples from the Web for matri

Historical Examples

  • His family, that of Matri, was one of the lowliest in Benjamin.

    History of the Jews, Vol. I (of 6)

    Heinrich Graetz

  • Nascere, magne puer, matri expectate patrique, is said near the end.

British Dictionary definitions for matri


combining form
  1. mother or motherhoodmatriarchy

Word Origin

from Latin māter mother
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Word Origin and History for matri


word-forming element meaning "mother," from comb. form of Latin mater (genitive matris) "mother" (see mother (n.1)).

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