from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a stepmother.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a stepmother.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Done or recurring every ninth year.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a stepmother; suitable to, or in the manner of, a stepmother.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to a stepmother; suitable to a stepmother; step-motherly.


Latin noverc─ülis, from noverca, stepmother; see newo- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin novercalis, from noverca a stepmother. (Wiktionary)



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