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matriarchal

[ mey-tree-ahr-kuhl ]
/ ˌmeɪ triˈɑr kəl /
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adjective
of or relating to a matriarch, the female head of a family, tribe, community, etc.: her matriarchal qualities of love and compassion.
characteristic of an entity, family, etc., controlled by women: matriarchal cultures in India.
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Sometimes ma·tri·ar·chic [mey-tree-ahr-kik] /ˌmeɪ triˈɑr kɪk/ .

Origin of matriarchal

First recorded in 1840–45; matriarch + -al1

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