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  • adv. In a maternal manner.
  • adv. motherly, as a mother

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a motherly manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a maternal or motherly manner.
  • Through a mother, or on the maternal side: as, they are related maternally.

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

  • adv. in a maternal manner; as a mother


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