al·​lo·​ma·​ter·​nal ˌa-lō-mə-ˈtər-nəl How to pronounce allomaternal (audio)
: 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

Word History


allo- + maternal entry 1

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of allomaternal was in 1990

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“Allomaternal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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