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gynarchy

[jin-er-kee, gahy-ner-, jahy-ner-] /ˈdʒɪn ər ki, ˈgaɪ nər-, ˈdʒaɪ nər-/
noun, plural gynarchies.
1.
government by women.
Also called gynocracy.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; gyn- + -archy
Related forms
gynarchic
[ji-nahr-kik, gahy-, jahy-] /dʒɪˈnɑr kɪk, gaɪ-, dʒaɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gynarchy

gynarchy

/ˈdʒaɪˌnɑːkɪ; ˈɡaɪ-/
noun (pl) -chies
1.
another word for gynaecocracy
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Word Origin and History for gynarchy
n.

government by women or a woman, 1570s, from Greek gyne (see queen) + -arkhe (see archon). Gynaecocracy and gyneocracy attested from 1610s.

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