novercal

[ noh-vur-kuhl ]
/ noʊˈvɜr kəl /

adjective

of, like, or befitting a stepmother.

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Origin of novercal

1615–25; <Latin novercālis, equivalent to noverc(a) stepmother + -ālis-al1

OTHER WORDS FROM novercal

un·no·ver·cal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for novercal

novercal
/ (nəʊˈvɜːkəl) /

adjective

rare stepmotherly

Word Origin for novercal

C17: from Latin novercālis, from noverca stepmother
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