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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Alleged supremacy of the mother in the primitive family and clan; in reality, the supremacy of the male relatives of the wife or mother as opposed to the supremacy of husband or father.
  • n. That social order in which descent is traced from mother to children, so that the children belong to the mother's family and inherit from their mother's brothers: same as matriarchy.

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