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ma•tri•arch



Pronunciation: (mā'trē-ärk"), [key]
n.
1. the female head of a family or tribal line.
2. a woman who is the founder or dominant member of a community or group.
3. a venerable old woman.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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