: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ambilanak was in 1822

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“Ambilanak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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