matricide

matricide

[ma-tri-sahyd, mey-]
noun
1.
the act of killing one's mother.
2.
a person who kills his or her mother.

Origin:
1585–95; < Latin mātricīdium (def 1), mātricīda (def 2); see matri-, -cide

matricidal, adjective

matricide, parricide, patricide.
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matricide (ˈmætrɪˌsaɪd, ˈmeɪ-)
 
n
1.  the act of killing one's own mother
2.  a person who kills his mother
 
[C16: from Latin mātrīcīdium (the act), mātrīcīda (the agent). See matri-, -cide]
 
matri'cidal
 
adj

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matricide
1594, from Fr. matricide, from L. matricida "mother-killer," and matricidium "mother-killing," from mater "mother" + -cida "killer," and -cidium "a killing," from cadere "to slay" (see -cide).
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matricide mat·ri·cide (māt'rĭ-sīd')
n.
The act of killing one's mother.


mat'ri·cid'al (-sīd'l) adj.
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