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 (măt′rə-nĭm′ĭk) also me·tro·nym·ic (mē′trə-, mĕt′rə-)
Of, relating to, or derived from the name of one's mother or maternal ancestor.
A name so derived.

[Greek mātrōnumikos, dialectal variant of mētrōnumikos : mētēr, mētr-, mother; see metro- + onuma, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots.]


adj, n
a less common word for metronymic


(ˌmæ trəˈnɪm ɪk)

1. derived from the name of a mother or other female ancestor.
2. a matronymic name.
[1785–95; alter. of metronymic, by influence of patronymicand matri-]

metronymic, matronymic

a name derived from a mother or a female ancestor. Cf. patronymic.
See also: Names
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.matronymic - a name derived from the name of your mother or a maternal ancestormatronymic - a name derived from the name of your mother or a maternal ancestor
name - a language unit by which a person or thing is known; "his name really is George Washington"; "those are two names for the same thing"
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From a psychoanalytical perspective, however, replacing a patronym with a matronym betrays a downright rebellion against paternal ascendancy and a symbolical denial of the father figure.
Etymology.--The specific epithet is a matronym in honor of Mrs Ada (Didi) Benelli Costa who co-founded the Museo del Ambar Dominicano, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic in 1982, based on collections amassed over 33 years.
Line 5: read DUMU [.sup.[??]f[??]]qa-dis-t[i]; it is a matronym for the PN in line 4, not a separate ledger entry (no number precedes it).