matronymic

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noun mat·ro·nym·ic \ˌma-trə-ˈni-mik\

Definition of matronymic

  1. :  a name derived from that of the mother or a maternal ancestor

Origin and Etymology of matronymic

matr- + -onymic (as in patronymic)


First Known Use: 1794

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