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  • adj. Anthropology Of or relating to residence with a wife's kin group or clan.

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  • adj. Living with the family of the wife; uxorilocal.
  • adj. In which newly married couples live with the female's family.

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Examples

  • These sometimes are "matrilocal" families where the brother lives with his sister and her children, while her husband and other lovers may live with their sisters.

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  • They are matrilocal, meaning that males disperse at sexual maturity and females stay put, forming the backbone of gelada society.

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  • The archaeologist Paul Kirchhoff wrote that the following traits characterized the Guachichile Indians: "painting of the body; coloration of the hair; head gear; matrilocal residence; freedom of the married woman; special forms of cruelty to enemies"

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  • ‘Tharwad’ is thus a matrilineal, matrilocal family.

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  • Are patrilocal arrangements more likely to be lousy for women than matrilocal ones?

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  • Marriages were matrilocal, inheritance matrilineal.

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  • The technique gives the demographer something concrete to work with, for written records on men are much more readily available than those on women; but it certainly requires strenuous qualification if used in the Newfoundland context, for it mutes the matrilineal bridges and matrilocal/uxorilocal residence patterns that often predated patrilineal-patrilocal patterns in early settlement.

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  • Matrilineal bridges often factored in the clustering of families in particular coves and harbors; and matrilocal or uxorilocal residence patterns played a crucial role in community formation, as many couples established themselves on land already occupied by the wife or apportioned from or adjacent to the family property of the wife.

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  • Their presence provided the basis for population permanence, and matrilocal or uxorilocal residence patterns featured strongly in shaping the contours of settlement.

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  • Thus, you see in African cultures tendencies both toward hyper-polygamy and matrilineal/matrilocal family structures.

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