PRONUNCIATION: (muh-TUHR-tuhr-uhl)

MEANING: adjective: Characteristic of, or in the manner of, an aunt.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin matertera (maternal aunt), from mater- (mother). Ultimately from the Indo-European root mater (mother), which also gave us mother, material, matter, matrix, and matrimony. Earliest documented use: 1823.

MARTERIAL - the war effort is a bloodletting

GARTERAL - making snappy remarks about stockings

MARTERAY - a comedienne in the 1940s and 1950s, and beyond; the Big Mouth's career spanned seven decades and almost all the the media of the times