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materfamilias

[mey-ter-fuh-mil-ee-uh s] /ˌmeɪ tər fəˈmɪl i əs/
noun
1.
the mother of a family.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; < Latin; cf. paterfamilias
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materfamilias

/ˌmeɪtəfəˈmɪlɪˌæs/
noun (pl) matresfamilias (ˌmeɪtreɪzfəˈmɪlɪˌæs)
1.
the mother of a family or the female head of a family
Word Origin
C18: from Latin
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