Definition of Matrilinear
1. Adjective. Based on or tracing descent through the female line. "Matrilineal inheritance"
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Literary usage of Matrilinear
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Old Testament in the Light of To-day: A Study in Moral Development by William Frederic Badè (1915)
"Some scholars have maintained that there is sufficient vestigial evidence to assume the existence of a matrilinear society before the beginning of the ..."
2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"Society may have at one time been matrilinear in the communities that become the historic Hellenes; but of this there is no trace in the worship of Zeus and ..."
3. The Mythology of All Races by John Arnott MacCulloch, Louis Herbert Gray, George Foot Moore, Alice Werner (1916)
"of a group of clans, originally exogamous and frequently, though not invariably, with matrilinear descent. There is no inferiority of the women to the men, ..."