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a combining form meaning “mother,” used in the formation of compound words: matrilineal.

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Also matro-; especially before a vowel, matr-.

Origin of matri-

<Latin, combining form of mātermother1
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British Dictionary definitions for matri-

matri-

combining form

mother or motherhoodmatriarchy

Word Origin for matri-

from Latin māter mother
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