[ 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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Examples from the Web for matriliny
However this may be, the position of the widow does not appear to invalidate the guardianship origin of matriliny.
We may now examine the relation of matriliny to the seat of authority in the family.