matrilocal

adjective
matri·​local | \ ¦ma‧trə, ¦mā‧+ \

Definition of matrilocal

: located at or centered around the residence of the wife's family or people a matrilocal village contrasted with patrilocal

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History and Etymology for matrilocal

matr- + local

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“Matrilocal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/matrilocal. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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