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matricide

[ ma-tri-sahyd, mey- ]
/ ˈmæ trɪˌsaɪd, ˈmeɪ- /
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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for matricide

matricide
[ mătrĭ-sīd′ ]

n.
The act of killing one's mother.

Other words from matricide

mat′ri•cidal (-sīdl) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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