matrilineal matrilineal  /ˌmæ trɪ ˈlɪ ni əl/


  • (adj) based on or tracing descent through the female line


  1. The Mosuo, a small matrilineal tribe in central China, are preserving their traditions by exploiting them.
  2. In the process of telling her own tale, Namu opens a window onto one of the world's last matrilineal societies.
  3. For thousands of years, Palauan society was matrilineal, a tradition their ancestors are believed to have brought over from the Indonesian island of Java.


  • DNA tests: Prince William has Indian ancestry

    Britain's royal family has long been taunted for its German roots, but now a more exotic lineage can be revealed after evidence emerged indicating that Prince William is the direct descendant of an Indian woman. The Duke of Cambridge's maternal lineage was revealed on Friday by a genetic ancestry testing company, BritainsDNA, which carried out tests on the DNA of Princess Diana's two matrilineal ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: KSAT San Antonio


  1. "The idea came to me during a wildlife safari in Botswana's Okavango delta," says McCall Smith. "I had been reading Baboon Metaphysics by Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth, and was struck by two odd things - that baboons are matrilineal, and...
    on Sep 1, 2009 By: Alexander McCall Smith Source: Scotsman

  2. "I am impressed by Meghalaya's matrilineal society that holds its women in high regard. The entire country should learn from the North East about the social status it confers on the female children and women in the society," Zinta said.
    on Nov 1, 2007 By: Preity Zinta Source: Daily News & Analysis

  3. Atwood believes, following leads from Robert Graves and Mary Renault, that the maids' ruthless murder may symbolise "the overthrow of a matrilineal moon cult" by male-dominated patterns of power and faith.
    on Oct 27, 2005 By: Margaret Atwood Source: Independent

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