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matrilineal

or mat·ri·lin·e·ar

[ma-truh-lin-ee-uh l, mey-]
adjective
  1. inheriting or determining descent through the female line.
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Origin of matrilineal

First recorded in 1900–05; matri- + lineal
Related formsmat·ri·lin·e·al·ly, mat·ri·lin·e·ar·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for matrilineal

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Historical Examples

  • 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.

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    Agustus Henry Keane

  • They were organised in many exogamous clans; descent was patrilineal although it was matrilineal in most Algonquian tribes.

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    Agustus Henry Keane

  • The Seri are loosely organised in a number of exogamic, matrilineal, totemic clans.

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British Dictionary definitions for matrilineal

matrilineal

adjective
  1. relating to descent or kinship through the female line
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Derived Formsmatrilineally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for matrilineal

adj.

"pertaining to or descended from the mother's side," 1897, from matri- + lineal. Related: Matrilineage; matrilineally.

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matrilineal in Medicine

matrilineal

(măt′rə-lĭnē-əl)
adj.
  1. Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the maternal line.
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matrilineal in Culture

matrilineal

[(mat-ruh-lin-ee-uhl)]

Tracing kinship and descent through the female line. (Compare patrilineal.)

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