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matrifocal

[ma-truh-foh-kuh l, mey-]
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adjective
  1. of, relating 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 of matrifocal

First recorded in 1950–55; matri- + focal
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Word Origin and History for matrifocal

adj.

1952, a term from sociology, from matri- + focal.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper