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mat·ri·lin·e·al

(mat'ri-lin'ē-ăl),
Denoting descent through the female line.
[L. mater, mother, + linea, line]
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matrilineal

(măt′rə-lĭn′ē-əl)
adj.
Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the maternal line.

mat′ri·lin′e·al·ly adv.
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matrilineal

adjective Referring to the inheritance of a trait or gene only from the mother.
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mat·ri·lin·e·al

(mat'ri-lin'ē-ăl)
Denoting descent through the female line.
[L. mater, mother, + linea, line]
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Moreover, the quality of these overlaps changed concordantly as indicated by the Mantel correlation coefficients; the fewer overlaps in the small-fragment populations occurred to a larger extent between matrilineally related individuals than in the large-fragment populations.
Harvey, for example, describes how, in Australia, Greek women have lost rights over their entitlement to houses and land - their traditional, matrilineally determined dowry.
The particular historical ethnography that has been discussed in these pages suggests the further possibility that not only were candidates for initiation symbolically transmuted into playing new social roles by being introduced and accepted into a counterpoint to the 'matrilineally' defined society, but also that this involved the construction of archetypal continuity in two directions, the future being dependent on the establishment of a past.
Major oceanic populations of humpback whales are made up of relatively discrete feeding stocks, fidelity to which is determined matrilineally (Baker et al.
They and their families and possibly also the priests comprised "the better sort." But chiefly positions were passed on matrilineally, and sisters were heirs just as brothers were, though the brothers were given preference.
On Vanua Lava, descent is reckoned matrilineally. A person belongs to the same venem (subsection or clan of a moiety) as his or her mother.
Lihirians distinguish clan and lineage affiliation and descent is reckoned matrilineally. The land tenure system is claimed to be matrilineal although the complexity of land inheritance patterns suggests that it may always have had a strong cognatic bias.
At Nggela, at the time of fieldwork, primary rights to property, and clan affiliation, were inherited matrilineally. People could describe matrilineages (Susu) up to 11 generations deep.
More than one family can be owners of a sai, each with rights to its own 'corner.' The families may even, occasionally, be from separate clans, because although clan identity is patrilineally inherited, and the ideal and dominant form of property inheritance is also from father to son, property has nevertheless sometimes been passed on matrilineally (see also Segawa 1983:495).
On the other hand on Efate up until about three generations ago land in a village's land area (or Namarakiana') were [sic] inherited matrilineally within the clan structure ...
Unfortunately the main contribution of anthropology to date seems to be the view that traditional relationships to land are inherited through a single line of descent ('unilineally', including 'matrilineally' or 'patrilineally').