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

  • adj. Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the maternal line.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tracing descent only through female lines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. tracing descent through the female line.

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

  • adj. based on or tracing descent through the female line


matri- +‎ lineal (Wiktionary)



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