ambilanak

adjective am·bil·anak \¦ambə¦länə(k)\

Definition of ambilanak

  1. :  of or relating to a form of Malayan marriage especially in Sumatra where the husband in lieu of a bride-price enters the wife's family, has no property right in children or wife, and may be dismissed by her father

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Origin and Etymology of ambilanak

Malay ambil-anak, from ambil taking over + anak child


First Known Use: 1822


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