Words nearby matro-
WORDS THAT USE MATRO-
What does matro- mean?
The Greek cognate of Latin māter is mḗtēr, also meaning “mother,” which is the source of words such as metropolis, a term that literally means “mother city.” Find out more at our entries for matrix, matron, and metropolis.
What are variants of matro-?
The form matro- is a variant of matri-, which swaps its –i– for an –o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with some consonants. When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, matri- becomes matr-, as in matral. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for each of these forms.
Examples of matro-
The form matro- means “mother,” while the -cliny part of the word roughly means “leaning,” from Greek klīnein. Matrocliny literally translates to “leaning (towards) the mother.”
What are some words that use the combining form matro-?
What are some other forms that matro- may be commonly confused with?