am·​bil·​anak | \ ¦ambə¦länə(k) \

Definition of ambilanak

: 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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First Known Use of ambilanak

1822, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ambilanak

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

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“Ambilanak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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