[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 matrilinear
Dionysius is the Son of his Mother because he issues from a matrilinear group.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
But are we sure that there is only one type of matrilinear succession?The Bronze Age and the Celtic World
Descent was matrilinear, and a society known as matriarchy existed, as contrasted to the later patriarchy.The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races
Sanger Brown, II
These are the languages of the south central group of tribes with a 2-class system and matrilinear descent.Man, Past and Present
Agustus Henry Keane
They still have a strong element of descent in the matrilinear line and women aren't second-class citizens.Border, Breed Nor Birth
Dallas McCord Reynolds
- relating to descent or kinship through the female line
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Word Origin and History for matrilinear
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the maternal line.
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