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matrilineal

[ ma-truh-lin-ee-uhl, mey- ]
/ ˌmæ trəˈlɪn i əl, ˌmeɪ- /
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adjective
inheriting or determining descent through the female line.
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Also mat·ri·lin·e·ar [ma-truh-lin-ee-er, mey-] /ˌmæ trəˈlɪn i ər, ˌmeɪ-/ .
Compare patrilineal.

Origin of matrilineal

First recorded in 1900–05; matri- + lineal

OTHER WORDS FROM matrilineal

mat·ri·lin·e·al·ly, mat·ri·lin·e·ar·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for matrilineal

matrilineal
/ (ˌmætrɪˈlɪnɪəl, ˌmeɪ-) /

adjective
relating to descent or kinship through the female line

Derived forms of matrilineal

matrilineally, adverb
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Medical definitions for matrilineal

matrilineal
[ măt′rə-lĭnē-əl ]

adj.
Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the maternal line.
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Cultural definitions for matrilineal

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

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

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