One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of a stepmother; stepmotherly. Frequently in extended use: cruel, malicious, hostile (usually derogatory).
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Cockeram (fl. 1623–1658), lexicographer. From classical Latin novercālis of or belonging to a stepmother, characteristic of a stepmother from noverca stepmother + -ālis.
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