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Daemon
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materfamilias

(noun) A female head of a family or tribe.

Synonyms: matriarch

Usage: As materfamilias, my grandmother calls the shots on holidays like Thanksgiving, and no one dares question her.
William39
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Origin

Latin, from mater 'mother' + familias, old genitive form of familia 'family'.

mater - an informal use of the Latin word for mother; sometimes used by British schoolboys or used facetiously.
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