- 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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- mother or motherhoodmatriarchy
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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