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maternal -- as in: maternal grandmother
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The Idiot
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  • It may be said that these outbursts and epithets, such as "wet hen" (in which the maternal solicitude usually showed itself), only made Alexandra laugh.
  • She then rushed back to her mother and hid her face in the maternal bosom, and there indulged in more tears.
  • The maternal heart trembled with indignation to think of such an absurdity, although in that heart there rose another voice, which said: "And WHY is not the prince such a husband as you would have desired for Aglaya?"

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  • She radiated a warm maternal affection for her niece.
  • maternal genes

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