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-
mother or motherhoodmatriarchy
Word Origin for matri-
from Latin māter mother
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