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maternal -- as in: maternal grandmother
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Bleak House
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  • My mother, though highly exasperating to the feelings, is actuated by maternal dictates.
  • The Cook’s Courtiers had a rumour flying among them that the mother of this niece did, in her daughter’s childhood, moved by too jealous a solicitude that her figure should approach perfection, lace her up every morning with her maternal foot against the bed-post for a stronger hold and purchase; and further, that she exhibited internally pints of vinegar and lemon-juice, which acids, they held, had mounted to the nose and temper of the patient.

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

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