adjective. ['ˌmætrɪˈlɪniːəl'] based on or tracing descent through the female line.
- lineal (English)
- linealis (Latin)
- matri- (English)
Words that Rhyme with Matrilineal
Example sentences of the word matrilineal
1. Noun, singular or mass
Unlike most predatory species, they live in large, female-dominated clans with a strict matrilineal hierarchy.
The Cherokee are matrilineal, with the line of descent passing through the mother.