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maternal
used in Moby Dick

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relating to a mother; or characteristic of parents — such as to care for and help to develop
  • His father was a High Chief, a King; his uncle a High Priest; and on the maternal side he boasted aunts who were the wives of unconquerable warriors.
    Chapters 10-12 -- A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (75% in)
  • And for Radney, though in his infancy he may have laid him down on the lone Nantucket beach, to nurse at his maternal sea; though in after life he had long followed our austere Atlantic and your contemplative Pacific; yet was he quite as vengeful and full of social quarrel as the backwoods seaman, fresh from the latitudes of buck-horn handled bowie-knives.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (34% in)
  • He was a little frisky; though as yet his body seemed scarce yet recovered from that irksome position it had so lately occupied in the maternal reticule; where, tail to head, and all ready for the final spring, the unborn whale lies bent like a Tartar's bow.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (85% in)
  • Not seldom in the rapid vicissitudes of the chase, this natural line, with the maternal end loose, becomes entangled with the hempen one, so that the cub is thereby trapped.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (87% in)
  • As for the sons and the daughters they beget, why, those sons and daughters must take care of themselves; at least, with only the maternal help.
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (18% in)

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