[ma-truh-lin-ee-uh l, mey-]
- inheriting or determining descent through the female line.
Origin of matrilineal
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Examples from the Web for matrilineal
By strict Jewish law, which follows a matrilineal line, Giffords is not a Jew.Was the Arizona Shooter an Anti-Semite?
January 11, 2011
Still the old awe of the Word of the matriarchal, matrilineal church.Evil Out of Onzar
It would make no difference whether descent were patrilineal or matrilineal.Kinship and Social Organisation
W. H. R. Rivers
The former are patrilineal and the latter are grouped into matrilineal exogamic totemic clans.
They were organised in many exogamous clans; descent was patrilineal although it was matrilineal in most Algonquian tribes.
The Seri are loosely organised in a number of exogamic, matrilineal, totemic clans.
- relating to descent or kinship through the female line
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Word Origin and History for matrilineal
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- Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the maternal line.
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