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Adj.1.motherlike - suggestive of or acting like a mother
maternal - characteristic of a mother; "warm maternal affection for her guest"- Dorothy Sayers
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In his campaign, also in on- the- boil western UP cities such as Baghpat and Moradabad, the 43- year- old has been calling himself a ' passionate gau rak- shak', swearing not to spare those slaughtering the ' motherlike holy animal.
Particularly strong is the representation of motherhood: the tactile portrayals of Elsa holding Mari, the touch of skin, and the motherlike bond between Lin and Mari, too, are poignantly conveyed.
In some of Song's most memorable poems, the speaker sounds plural, ambivalently motherlike and childlike, dramatizing voice's invention in subversively playful dialogue; the mother/child dyad from which the separate speaker emerges is audible in the poems.