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matronymic

[ma-truh-nim-ik] /ˌmæ trəˈnɪm ɪk/
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for matronymic

matronymic

/ˌmætrəˈnɪmɪk/
adjective, noun
1.
a less common word for metronymic

metronymic

/ˌmɛtrəˈnɪmɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a name) derived from the name of its bearer's mother or another female ancestor
noun
2.
a metronymic name
Word Origin
C19: from Greek mētronumikos, from mētēr mother + onoma name
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Word Origin and History for matronymic
n.

1794, a hybrid from Latin mater (see mother (n.1)) + Greek-based ending from patronymic. As an adjective from 1874.

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