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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Definitions for virilocal

  1. Living with or located near a husband's father's family.

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Citations for virilocal
By contrast, when marriage is virilocal, the ties between married women and their natal groups are commonly attenuated. John Robert Shepherd, Statecraft and political economy on the Taiwan frontier, 1600-1800
According to tradition the Ngoni were a virilocal people, yet if a man went to live with his wife's relatives his own kinsfolk could not force him to return by appealing to this virilocal tradition. John Arundel Barnes, Models and interpretations: selected essays
Origin of virilocal
Virilocal combines the Latin roots Viri-, "man," and -local, "of a specific place."