matrilateral

[ ma-truh-lat-er-uh l, mey- ]
/ ˌmæ trəˈlæt ər əl, ˌmeɪ- /

adjective

related through the mother, as to a maternal uncle.

Nearby words

  1. matricliny,
  2. matriculant,
  3. matriculate,
  4. matriculation,
  5. matrifocal,
  6. matrilineage,
  7. matrilineal,
  8. matriliny,
  9. matrilocal,
  10. matrimonial

Compare patrilateral.

Origin of matrilateral

First recorded in 1950–55; matri- + lateral

Related formsmat·ri·lat·er·al·ly, adverb

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