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mat·ri·lin·e·al

 (măt′rə-lĭn′ē-əl)
adj.
Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the maternal line.

mat′ri·lin′e·al·ly adv.

matrilineal

(ˌmætrɪˈlɪnɪəl; ˌmeɪ-)
adj
(Anthropology & Ethnology) relating to descent or kinship through the female line
ˌmatriˈlineally adv

mat•ri•lin•e•al

(ˌmæ trəˈlɪn i əl, ˌmeɪ-)

also mat`ri•lin′e•ar,



adj.
tracing, signifying, or based upon descent through the female line.
Compare patrilineal.
[1900–05]
mat`ri•lin′e•al•ly, adv.

matrilineal

1. Used to describe a society in which descent is traced through women.
2. Tracing descent through the mother’s line.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.matrilineal - based on or tracing descent through the female linematrilineal - based on or tracing descent through the female line; "matrilineal inheritance"
lineal, direct - in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant of the king"; "direct heredity"
Translations

mat·ri·lin·e·al

a. de línea materna, descendiente de la madre.
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Although it's extremely hard to be a woman throughout the rest of the country, Shillong, in the north-east, remains one of the last matrilineal societies in the world.
Although it's extremely hard to be a woman throughout the rest of the country, in Shillong in the northeast, remains one of the last matrilineal societies in the world.
Kate travels to India to learn about Shillong's matrilineal society - where property and the family name is passed down the female line.
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Allen is also the author of The Ancient Egyptian Family Kinship and Social Structure (NY: Routledge, 2014), hence he argues that the matrilineal nature of the ancient Egyptian family and social organization provides a key to understanding why and how ancient Egyptian women were able to rise to power, study medicine, and enjoy basic freedoms that did not emerge in Western Civilization until the twentieth century to suggest that by examining the types of families that existed in ancient Egypt along with highlighting the ancient Egyptians' kinship terms, one can place the ancient Egyptian civilization in the cultural context and incubator of Africa.
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And not just any womenthe Wayuu people live in matrilineal tribes and the children carry the name of their mothers.
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