matriarchic

matriarch

[mey-tree-ahrk]
noun
1.
the female head of a family or tribal line.
2.
a woman who is the founder or dominant member of a community or group.
3.
a venerable old woman.

Origin:
1600–10; matri- + -arch

matriarchal, matriarchic, adjective
matriarchalism, noun
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matriarch (ˈmeɪtrɪˌɑːk)
 
n
1.  a woman who dominates an organization, community, etc
2.  the female head of a tribe or family, esp in a matriarchy
3.  a very old or venerable woman
 
[C17: from matri- + -arch, by false analogy with patriarch]
 
'matriarchal
 
adj
 
'matriarchic
 
adj
 
matri'archalism
 
n

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matriarch
c.1600, from matri-, comb. form of L. mater (gen. matris) "mother" (see mother) + -arch, abstracted from patriarch.
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