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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ma·ter·nal /məˈtɝnḷ/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 ma·ter·nal /məˈtɝnḷ/ 形容詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ma·ter·nal a.  Of or pertaining to a mother; becoming to a mother; motherly; as, maternal love; maternal tenderness.
 Syn: -- See Motherly.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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, paternal] [ant: filial]
      4: related on the mother's side; "my maternal grandmother"
         [syn: enate, enatic, maternal(p)]