mater-, matri-, matro- matr- (Latin: mother, mama, mom; mum (British) [family member]).
alma mater, Alma Mater:
1. Literally, bounteous mother, a title given by the Romans to several goddesses associated with abundance.
2. The school, college, or university that someone formerly attended.
3. A song used as the anthem of a school, college, or university.
1. In the 12th century, directly from or via Anglo-Norman matere and French matiere, from Latin materia, "timber, stuff of which something is made"; later, "subject, topic", formed from Latin mater "mother" which was translated from a Greek word for "wood, forest, timber, stuff, matter". The material substance of the universe that has mass, occupies space, and is convertible to energy.
1. Used in the UK for mother.
2. The Latin word mater is the source of English madrigal, material, maternal, matriculate, matrimony, matrix, matron, and matter. Its ultimate Indo-European ancestor also produced English metropolis and mother.
materfamilias, singular; matresfamilias, plural:
1. Literally, "mother of the family".
2. A woman described in her role as head of a household or as the mother of her children.
maternal, maternalism, maternalistic:
1. Belonging or relating to motherhood, a mother, or mothers in general.
2. Kind, caring, and protective in a motherly way.
3. Relating to or inherited from the mother or the mother's side of a family
1. The condition of being a mother.
2. The characteristics and emotions traditionally associated with being a mother such as loving kindness and protectiveness.
3. A ward, floor, or other section of a hospital where mothers and newborn babies are cared for.
A mother's brother who is the uncle of her children.
1. A woman who is recognized as being the head of a family, community, or people.
2. A woman, usually a grandmother, who is highly respected by her family and to whom the family turns for advice and help.
3. A woman who holds a position of dominance,, or respect.
1. Used to describe a society in which power and property are held by women and handed down through matrilineal descent.
2. Controlled or dominated by women.
3. Showing strength and assurance as the most respected woman in a group.
4. Relating to a matriarch or to matriarchs in general.
1. A form of social order where women are in charge and are recognized as the heads of families, with power, lineage, and inheritance passing, where possible, from mothers to daughters.
2. Any community, society, or social group that is based on matriarchy.
3. Any form of organization or government where women have power.
1. The act of murdering one 's own mother.
2. Someone who has murdered his or her own mother.
matriclinous, matroclinous, matroclinal:
1. Havng obvious characteristics that are inherited predominantly from the mother.
2. Looking more like one's mother than one's father.
1. To admit a student to membership of a college or university.
2. To be enrolled at a college or university, after meeting the academic standard required to be accepted for a course of further education.
3. From matrix, originally from Latin, matrix meaning "womb, source, origin". It is formed from mater, matris, "mother", on analogy of nutrix, "wet-nurse, nurse".
The line of genealogical relationship or descent that follows a woman's side of a family.
Used to describe the line of genealogical relationship or descent that follows the female (mother's) side of a family.
matrilocal, matrilocally, matrilocality:
1. Used to describe a form of marriage in which, after the wedding, the bridegroom moves to his new wife's family home.
2. A reference to a culture in which young men live with their brides' families after marriage.
1. The state or condition of being married.
2. From Anglo-Norman matrimonie from Latin matrimonium, literally "state of motherhood" because of the association of marriage with parenthood.
A mother who has sexual intercourse with her son.
The sexual love of a son for his mother.
A child who has more of the mother's shape or form than that of the father.
A woman, especially a married woman of middle age or later, who has had children and is thought of as being mature, sensible, and of good social standing.
A name derived from a mother or a matrilineal ancestor.
A child who has more affection, or love, for the mother than the father.
A situation in which a very young girl is a mother.
A situation in which an elderly mother has a young child.