[ma-truh-lin-ee-uh l, mey-]
inheriting or determining descent through the female line.
Origin of matrilineal
Related formsmat·ri·lin·e·al·ly, mat·ri·lin·e·ar·ly, adverb
First recorded in 1900–05; matri-
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Still the old awe of the Word of the matriarchal, matrilineal church.
It would make no difference whether descent were patrilineal or matrilineal.
The former are patrilineal and the latter are grouped into matrilineal exogamic totemic clans.
They were organised in many exogamous clans; descent was patrilineal although it was matrilineal in most Algonquian tribes.
The Seri are loosely organised in a number of exogamic, matrilineal, totemic clans.
British Dictionary definitions for matrilineal
Derived Formsmatrilineally, adverb
relating to descent or kinship through the female line
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Word Origin and History for matrilineal
"pertaining to or descended from the mother's side," 1897, from matri- + lineal. Related: Matrilineage; matrilineally.
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Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the maternal line.
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