If someone kills his or her own mother, it's called matricide. You can find plenty of matricide in ancient Greek myths.

The suffix -cide is a clue that something murderous is going on with this word: it means "killer," from the Latin -cida, "cutter or slayer." You can find it in words like insecticide and pesticide too. The first part of matricide comes from the root mater, or "mother."

Definitions of matricide

n the murder of one's own mother

Type of:
the murder of your own father or mother

n a person who murders their mother

Type of:
someone who kills his or her parent

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