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1. Anthropology Of or relating to residence with a wife's kin group or clan.
2. Zoology Of or relating to the tendency of males to leave their natal group and reside in or mate with females of a different group: groups of monkeys that are matrilocal.

mat′ri·lo·cal′i·ty (-kăl′ĭ-tē) n.
mat′ri·lo′cal·ly adv.
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the state or custom of residing with the family or tribe of the wife, as in certain primitive societies. Cf. patrilocality. — matrilocal, adj.
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