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novercal

[noh-vur-kuh l]
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adjective
  1. of, like, or befitting a stepmother.

Origin of novercal

1615–25; < Latin novercālis, equivalent to noverc(a) stepmother + -ālis -al1
Related formsun·no·ver·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for novercal

novercal

adjective
  1. rare stepmotherly

Word Origin

C17: from Latin novercālis, from noverca stepmother
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