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maternal -- as in: maternal grandmother
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The House of Mirth
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  • Lily, however, knew all about them: young Mr. Gryce’s arrival had fluttered the maternal breasts of New York, and when a girl has no mother to palpitate for her she must needs be on the alert for herself.
  • All through the stress of the struggle with him, she had been conscious of something faintly maternal in her efforts to guide and uplift him.
  • Carry, in her rare moments of prosperity, became so expansively maternal that Miss Bart sometimes wondered whether, if she could ever get time and money enough, she would not end by devoting them both to her daughter.

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

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