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adj. & n.
Variant of matronymic.
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metronymic(ˌmɛtrəˈnɪmɪk) or less commonly
(Sociology) (of a name) derived from the name of its bearer's mother or another female ancestor
a metronymic name
[C19: from Greek mētronumikos, from mētēr mother + onoma name]
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a name derived from a mother or a female ancestor. Cf. patronymic.See also: Names
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|Noun||1.||metronymic - 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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