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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Variant of matronymic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Alternative form of matronymic.
  • n. Alternative form of matronymic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Derived from the name of one's mother, or other female ancestor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Derived from the name of a mother or other female ancestor: correlative to patronymic: as, a metronymic name.
  • n. A maternal name; a name derived from the mother or a maternal ancestor.
  • In anthropology, relating to that form of society in which the child takes its name from the mother's family, or in which the child is reckoned as a member of the maternal family.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a name derived from the name of your mother or a maternal ancestor

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