metronymic

[mee-truh-nim-ik, me-]
adjective
1.
derived from the name of a mother or other female ancestor.
noun
2.
a metronymic name.
Also, matronymic.


Origin:
1865–70; < Greek mētrōnymikós named after one's mother

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metronymic or (less commonly) matronymic (ˌmɛtrəˈnɪmɪk)
 
adj
1.  (of a name) derived from the name of its bearer's mother or another female ancestor
 
n
2.  a metronymic name
 
[C19: from Greek mētronumikos, from mētēr mother + onoma name]
 
matronymic or (less commonly) matronymic
 
adj
 
n
 
[C19: from Greek mētronumikos, from mētēr mother + onoma name]

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At its best, this structure creates a kind of hallucinatory rhythm, a metronymic throb of dread.
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