adjective al·lo·ma·ter·nal \ˌa-lō-mə-ˈtər-nəl\

Definition of allomaternal

  1. :  of, relating to, or provided by an allomother … there is a correlation between allomaternal care and enhanced maternal reproductive success. — Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, in Neurobiology of the Parental Brain, 2008

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Origin and Etymology of allomaternal

allo- + 1maternal

First Known Use: 1990

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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