281. Mother

See also 77. CHILDREN ; 153. FATHER ; 307. PARENTS ; 327. PREGNANCY .

a system of social order wherein final authority is vested in the mother or eldest female and in which descent is reckoned in the female line. —matriarchal , adj.
tending to move toward or centering upon the mother.
1. the killing of one’s mother.
2. one who has killed his mother. —matricidal , adj.
tracing of descent through the mother’s side of a family. —matrilinear , adj.
an excessive attachment and devotion of children to their mothers, resulting in a child’s dependence and failure to achieve emotional emancipation.

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