Meaning of “maternal” in the English Dictionary

"maternal" in British English

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maternaladjective

uk /məˈtɜː.nəl/ us /məˈtɝː.nəl/
maternally
adverb uk /məˈtɜː.nəl.i/ us /məˈtɝː.nəl.i/

(Definition of “maternal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"maternal" in American English

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maternaladjective

us /məˈtɜr·nəl/

behaving or feeling as a mother does toward her child:

maternal instincts

Maternal also means related by way of the mother:

Alice’s maternal grandmother (= her mother’s mother) will be 90 next month.

(Definition of “maternal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)