[syn: enate, enatic, maternal(p)]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Maternal \Ma*ter"nal\, a. [F. maternel, L. maternus, fr. mater
mother. See Mother.]
Of or pertaining to a mother; becoming to a mother; motherly;
as, maternal love; maternal tenderness.
Syn: See Motherly.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: characteristic of a mother; "warm maternal affection for
her guest"- Dorothy Sayers [ant: paternal]
2: relating to or derived from one's mother; "maternal genes"
3: relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent;
"parental guidance" [syn: parental, maternal, paternal]
4: related on the mother's side; "my maternal grandmother" [syn:
enate, enatic, maternal(p)]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
43 Moby Thesaurus words for "maternal":
adoring, affectionate, ancestorial, ancestral, caring, conjugal,
demonstrative, devoted, doting, faithful, fatherlike, fatherly,
filial, fond, grandfatherly, grandmotherly, grandparental,
husbandly, kind, kindly, languishing, lovelorn, lovesick, lovesome,
loving, maternalistic, melting, mother, motherlike, motherly,
nurturing, parent, parental, paternal, patriarchal, romantic,
sentimental, soft, tender, understanding, uxorious, warm, wifely
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
MATERNAL. That which belongs to, or comes from the mother: as, maternal
authority, maternal relation, maternal estate, maternal line. Vide Line.