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maternal -- as in: maternal grandmother
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Babbitt
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  • Mrs. Babbitt was maternal and fussy.
  • Babbitt gloated, "If your mother caught us at this, we’d certainly get our come-uppance!" and Eunice became maternal, scrambled a terrifying number of eggs for them, kissed Babbitt on the ear, and in the voice of a brooding abbess marveled, "It beats the devil why feminists like me still go on nursing these men!"
  • She drew away from it, and said with maternal soothing, "Now, don’t be a silly boy!

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

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