PRONUNCIATION: (pyoo-UHR-puhr-uhl)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to childbirth or following childbirth.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin puerpera (woman who has given birth), from puer (child) + -para (carrying), from parere (to bear). The Latin puer is ultimately from the Indo-European root pau- (few, little), which is also the source of few, foal, filly, pony, poor, pauper, poco, puerile, poltroon, pullulate, punchinello, and catchpole. Earliest documented use: 1716.

GUERPERAL - warring

PUER-PERIAL - His Exalted Majesty is still only six

PUERTERAL - portly