The definition of matrilineal is a relative, behavior or other characteristic that is traced through a mother's lineage.adjective
An example of matrilineal is someone being half Italian because their mother is Italian.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Origin: matri- + lineal
- matrilineally adverb
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- matˌri·linˈe·al·ly adverb
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