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Latin Word for Mother: Mater or Genitrix?

by Henrik
(Stockholm, Sweden)

Pax et bonum!

What's the difference between Mater and Genetrix?


Dear Henrik,

Both words mean mother. Mater is the more general and popular word. Genetrix means the producer or the bearer of children - it is common in the poets, and it usually means the mother of a specific person. For example, Venus is the genetrix Aeneae (mother of Aeneas).

Hope this helps and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.

Sincerely,

John

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Genitrix or Genetrix
by: Anonymous

The correct word is Genitrix or Genetrix? Or it´s the same thing? which one we must use? sorry, for my english, I speak spanish... thanks! :D


Dear Anonymous,

Genetrix is more common, but genitrix does also occur.

Sincerely,

John

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