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

  • adj. Growing outward.
  • adj. Related on the mother's side.
  • n. A relative on one's mother's side.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A relative whose relation is traced only through female members of the family.
  • n. Any maternal female relative.
  • adj. Related to someone by female connections.
  • adj. Related on the maternal side of the family.
  • adj. Having identical grammatical structure (but with elements that are semantically different).
  • adj. Growing out.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Growing out.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Growing out.
  • Related through the mother; maternally cognate; as a noun, one so related.
  • n. A relative on the mother's side.

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

  • adj. related on the mother's side
  • n. one related on the mother's side


Latin ēnātus, past participle of ēnāscī, to issue forth : ē-, ex-, ex- + nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin enatus. (Wiktionary)



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