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matriliny

[ma-truh-lin-ee, -lahy-nee, mey-] /ˈmæ trəˌlɪn i, -ˌlaɪ ni, ˈmeɪ-/
noun, plural matrilinies.
1.
the tracing of descent through the mother's line of a family.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; matrilin(eal) + -y3
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