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[pa-truh-lin-ee-er, pey-]
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  1. patrilineal.

Origin of patrilinear

First recorded in 1910–15; patri- + linear
Related formspat·ri·lin·e·ar·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for patrilinear

Historical Examples

  • Although we do not know much about the general population, we know that the rulers had a patrilinear system of inheritance.

    A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]

    Wolfram Eberhard

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