My mother’s matrilineal “looks”…

In looking at an old picture of my matrilineal grandparents, it is apparent where my mother gets her looks from. I have not met my mother’s dad, because he passed before she was even married, but I can so see my mom in him!

matrilineal \ ma-truh-LIN-ee-uhl \ adjective:
1. Inheriting or determining descent through the female line.

Origin: Matrilineal was first used in the early 1900s by anthropologists. It derives from the Late Latin roots matri- meaning “mother” and lineal meaning “line.”


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Posted on May 27, 2012, in Word-of-the-Day and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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