matricide

[ ma-tri-sahyd, mey- ]
/ ˈmæ trɪˌsaɪd, ˈmeɪ- /

noun

the act of killing one's mother.
a person who kills his or her mother.

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Origin of matricide

1585–95; < Latin mātricīdium (def 1), mātricīda (def 2); see matri-, -cide

OTHER WORDS FROM matricide

mat·ri·cid·al, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH matricide

matricide parricide patricide
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British Dictionary definitions for matricide

matricide
/ (ˈmætrɪˌsaɪd, ˈmeɪ-) /

noun

the act of killing one's own mother
a person who kills his mother

Derived forms of matricide

matricidal, adjective

Word Origin for matricide

C16: from Latin mātrīcīdium (the act), mātrīcīda (the agent). See matri-, -cide
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Medical definitions for matricide

matricide
[ mătrĭ-sīd′ ]

n.

The act of killing one's mother.

Other words from matricide

mat′ri•cidal (-sīdl) adj.
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