[ ma-truh-lin-ee, -lahy-nee, mey- ]
/ ˈmæ trəˌlɪn i, -ˌlaɪ ni, ˈmeɪ- /

noun, plural mat·ri·lin·ies.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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