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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See matriarchy.
  • n. A hypothetical stage in the evolution of a society in which authority is held by women.

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  • n. matriarchy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The office or jurisdiction of a matriarch; a matriarchal form of government.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The position or power of a matriarch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a form of social organization in which a female is the family head and title is traced through the female line

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  • Should mantises on Noah's ark mate

    The male must embrace a stark fate:

    Only she will debark

    From that saving ark

    To rule in her matriarchate.

    N. b., I understand that current science teaches that the female praying mantis only sometimes eats her mate during copulation, but I have it on good authority that this was standard practice in Noah's day.

    May 8, 2016