matro-


variant of matri-.

Nearby words

  1. matrix mechanics,
  2. matrix printer,
  3. matrix sentence,
  4. matrix unguis,
  5. matrixing,
  6. matroclinous,
  7. matrocliny,
  8. matron,
  9. matron of honor,
  10. matron of honour

matri-

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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British Dictionary definitions for matro-

matri-

combining form

mother or motherhoodmatriarchy

Word Origin for matri-

from Latin māter mother

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Word Origin and History for matro-

matri-

word-forming element meaning "mother," from comb. form of Latin mater (genitive matris) "mother" (see mother (n.1)).

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