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matriarch

noun [C]     /ˈmeɪ.tri.ɑːk/ US  /-ɑːrk/
an old and powerful woman in a family, or the female leader of a society in which power passes from mother to daughter → Compare patriarchFamily relations in generalKinds of womenMen and women matriarchal     /-ˈɑː.kəl/ US  /-ˈɑːr.kəl/ adjective a matriarchal society → Compare patriarchalSystems of government
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