matrifocal

matrifocal

[ma-truh-foh-kuhl, mey-]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or designating a family unit or structure headed by the mother and lacking a father permanently or for extended periods.
2.
focused or centered on the mother.

Origin:
1950–55; matri- + focal

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Main Entry:  matrifocal1
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  centered or focused on the mother; also, pertaining to a culture centered on women
Main Entry:  matrifocal2
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  pertaining to a family with a mother as the head of the household; also, pertaining to a culture dominated by families headed by mothers
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Word Origin & History

matrifocal
1952, a term from sociology, from matri- (see matriarch) + focal.
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