matrilinear

matrilineal

[ma-truh-lin-ee-uhl, mey-]
adjective
inheriting or determining descent through the female line.
Also, matrilinear.
Compare patrilineal.


Origin:
1900–05; matri- + lineal

matrilineally, matrilinearly, adverb
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matrilineal (ˌmætrɪˈlɪnɪəl, ˌmeɪ-)
 
adj
relating to descent or kinship through the female line
 
matri'lineally
 
adv

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matrilineal
1904, from matri- (see matriarch) + lineal.
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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 [(mat-ruh-lin-ee-uhl)]

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

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