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matriarch

noun [C] uk   /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
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matriarchal
adjective uk   /-ˈɑː.kəl/  us   /-ˈɑːr.kəl/
a matriarchal society
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