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1. A woman who rules a family, clan, or tribe.
2. A woman who dominates a group or an activity.
3. A highly respected woman who is a mother.

ma′tri·ar′chal (-är′kəl), ma′tri·ar′chic (-är′kĭk) adj.
ma′tri·ar′chal·ism n.
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(ˌmeɪ triˈɑr kəl)

also ma`tri•ar′chic,

of or pertaining to a matriarch or matriarchy.
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Describes a society in which the positions of power or dominance are held mainly by women. No historical proof of a truly matriarchal society has been found.
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Adj.1.matriarchal - characteristic of a matriarchymatriarchal - characteristic of a matriarchy  
maternal - characteristic of a mother; "warm maternal affection for her guest"- Dorothy Sayers
patriarchal - characteristic of a form of social organization in which the male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
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[ˌmeɪtrɪˈɑːkl] ADJmatriarcal
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[ˌmeɪtriˈɑːrkəl] adj [society] → matriarcal(e)
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[ˌmeɪtrɪˈɑːkl] adjmatriarcale
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(ˈmeitriaːk) noun
a woman who is head and ruler of her family or of a tribe.
ˌmatriˈarchal adjective
of, like, ruled by etc a matriarch or matriarchs. a matriarchal society (= a society dominated by women).
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References in periodicals archive ?
First, hyena clans are organized matriarchally, and the females are sexually dominant: males cautiously approach females to mate and must position themselves submissively beneath the female to copulate successfully.
Social scientists have explored the prevalence of matriarchally headed households and the African influence on U.
Garter snakes are strongly, matriarchally communal, when you watch them, as are mice, with that bustling optimism that can make my tuning fork vibrate sympathetically, and deer, so often cheerful when together, too.