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matrilateral

[ ma-truh-lat-er-uhl, mey- ]
/ ˌmæ trəˈlæt ər əl, ˌmeɪ- /
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adjective

related through the mother, as to a maternal uncle.

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Origin of matrilateral

First recorded in 1950–55; matri- + lateral

OTHER WORDS FROM matrilateral

mat·ri·lat·er·al·ly, adverb
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