Materteral vs Maternal - What's the difference?

materteral | maternal |

Maternal is a coordinate term of materteral.

Materteral is a coordinate term of maternal.


As adjectives the difference between materteral and maternal

is that materteral is pertaining to, or in the manner of, an aunt; feminine version of avuncular while maternal is of or pertaining to a mother; having the characteristics of a mother, motherly.

materteral

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Pertaining to, or in the manner of, an aunt; feminine version of avuncular
  • * 1990 (US), Peter Van Inwagen, Material Beings , Cornell University Press, ISBN 0801483069, p. 9,
  • It may be that stipulations about parts and wholes are, in some way that undermines my materteral analogies, unlike stipulations about aunts and legacies.
  • * 2004 (UK), Saif Rahman, Archipelago , Twenty First Century Publishers Ltd, ISBN 1904433227, p. 150,
  • Only some insistent pleading (materteral rather than avuncular) had changed their mind.
  • * 2006 (US), R. D. Chrisman, Cathedral Ledge , AuthorHouse, ISBN 1425907865, p. 123
  • It pleased her to see Aunt Maude waiting tables. Smiling to herself, Alice reflected that Maude was materteral ... like a kindly aunt.
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  • Coordinate terms

    * avuncular – uncle * maternal – mother * paternal – father

    References

    * The Oxford English Dictionary has materteral and materterine, both derived from the Latin matertera (maternal aunt), and described as "humorously pedantic"; for "characteristic of an aunt". There are two quotations : With maternal and materteral anxiety (1823) and A kindly materterine message (1874). * http://www.yourdictionary.com/wotd/wotd.pl?date=2005-08-15 * http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=19971119 * http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2006/08/female-version-of-avuncular.html * http://blobolobolob.blogspot.com/2006/11/materteral-mishaps-and-laboured.html

    maternal

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Of or pertaining to a mother; having the characteristics of a mother, motherly.
  • His weakness seemed to bring out her maternal instincts.
  • Related through the mother, or her side of the family.
  • Toby is my maternal uncle.
  • (anatomy, medicine) Derived from the mother as opposed to the foetus during pregnancy.
  • Derived terms

    * maternal aunt * maternal cousin * maternal death * maternal grandfather * maternal grandmother * maternal uncle

    Antonyms

    * paternal – father

    Coordinate terms

    * avuncular – uncle * materteral – aunt * paternal – father