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 (gī′när′kē, jĭn′är′-)
n. pl. gy·nar·chies
Government by women.

gy·nar′chic adj.
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(dʒaɪˈnɑːkɪk; ɡaɪ-)
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) relating to gynarchy or rule by women
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17 See Winfried Schleiner, "Divina virago: Queen Elizabeth as an Amazon." Also, Louis Adrian Montrose's "'Shaping Fantasies': Figurations of Gender and Power in Elizabethan Culture," argues that Queen Elizabeth I, as the gynarchic paragon of virginity and power, proves to be Britain's own complex configuration of the sublime and perhaps phallic mother figure (or Mater) of the growing Empire: "Elizabeth's self-mastery and mastery of others were enhanced by an elaboration of her maidenhood into a cult of virginity .