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matri-

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  1. 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 māter mother1
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British Dictionary definitions for matri-

matri-

combining form
  1. mother or motherhoodmatriarchy
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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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