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[ma-truh-lin-ee, -lahy-nee, mey-]
noun, plural mat·ri·lin·ies.
  1. the tracing of descent through the mother's line of a family.
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Origin of matriliny

First recorded in 1905–10; matrilin(eal) + -y3
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Historical Examples

  • However this may be, the position of the widow does not appear to invalidate the guardianship origin of matriliny.

    Kinship Organisations and Group Marriage in Australia

    Northcote W. Thomas

  • We may now examine the relation of matriliny to the seat of authority in the family.