adj. [L. mater, mother; filia, daughter]
In Apis, having colonies made up of mothers and daughters.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • matrifilial — /mætriˈfɪliəl/ (say matree fileeuhl) adjective of or relating to a line of descent from mother to son: a matrifilial society …  

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