Sunday, May 13, 2012
matrilineal adjective [ma-truh-LIN-ee-uhl] Inheriting or determining descent through the female line.
Definitions for matrilineal
- Inheriting or determining descent through the female line.
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Citations for matrilineal
In a matrilineal society, in a matriarchy, and especially in this particular matriarchy, the women, as I've already said, control the houses, the lineage of the children, and a lot of decisions about marriage and so forth.
Several of the women I talked to had decided to challenge the influence of the matrilineal clan and to bequeath part of their land to their sons. The ways they had chosen in this regard were however quite different.
Origin of matrilineal
Matrilineal was first used in the early 1900s by anthropologists. It derives from the Late Latin roots matri- meaning "mother" and lineal meaning "line."