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maternal

adjective uk   /məˈtɜː.nəl/ us    /-ˈtɝː-/
behaving or feeling in the way that a mother does towards her child, especially in a kind, loving way: maternal instincts She is very maternal towards her employees.
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related to a mother's side of the family: Her maternal grandmother (= mother's mother) is still alive.
maternally
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
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