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1. matrilineal

adjective. ['ˌmætrɪˈlɪniːəl'] based on or tracing descent through the female line.

Synonyms

  • direct
  • lineal

Antonyms

  • undock
  • indirect
  • dishonest

Etymology

  • lineal (English)
  • linealis (Latin)
  • matri- (English)

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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.

2. Adjective
The Cherokee are matrilineal, with the line of descent passing through the mother.

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