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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A line of descent traced through the maternal side of a family.

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  • noun a line of descent from an ancestress to a descendant (of either sex) in which the individuals in all intervening generations are mothers.

Etymologies

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Latin: mater: mother + linea: line.

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