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matrilineal

[ma-truh-lin-ee-uh l, mey-] /ˌmæ trəˈlɪn i əl, ˌmeɪ-/
adjective
1.
inheriting or determining descent through the female line.
Also, matrilinear.
Compare patrilineal.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; matri- + lineal
Related forms
matrilineally, matrilinearly, adverb
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Examples from the web for matrilineal
  • As many as four generations of whales live together in some of these matrilineal groups.
  • Sometime before the development of writing, the shift took place from matrilineal to patrilineal societies, then to patriarchy.
  • The reconstructed matrilineal history of brown and polar bears has two striking features.
British Dictionary definitions for matrilineal

matrilineal

/ˌmætrɪˈlɪnɪəl; ˌmeɪ-/
adjective
1.
relating to descent or kinship through the female line
Derived Forms
matrilineally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for matrilineal
adj.

"pertaining to or descended from the mother's side," 1897, from matri- + lineal. Related: Matrilineage; matrilineally.

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matrilineal in Medicine

matrilineal mat·ri·lin·e·al (māt'rə-lĭn'ē-əl)
adj.
Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the maternal line.

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matrilineal in Culture
matrilineal [(mat-ruh-lin-ee-uhl)]

Tracing kinship and descent through the female line. (Compare patrilineal.)

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