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patrilineal

patrilineal

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patrilineal (not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to descent through male lines.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 4:
      The Xhosa are a proud and patrilineal people with an expressive and euphonious language and an abiding belief in the importance of laws, education and courtesy.

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