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matriarch

the female head of a tribe or family, esp in a matriarchy
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Modern matriarchs actually have more time on their hands, supported by hi-tech appliances that were not available to our parents, but they remain on the run.
All the matriarchs correctly perceived that three was more worrisome than one.
The researchers said: "Our work provides the first direct experimental evidence that older matriarchs are in fact able to make better decisions when faced with ecological challenges in this case, the presence of dangerous predators.
But now comes a May 24, 2007 file from the New Delhi based Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) reporting from Dhaka saying that one of the matriarchs who was out of the country and was briefly prevented from returning, is now back.
The family always has an old, old grandmother, the matriarch, who is the acknowledged leader.
Ann duCille emphasizes that "it is important to note that West's portrait is not simply that of a matriarch.
Fortunately for readers, however, q was able to suspend judgement and delve deep into the past of her great-grandmother, as well as the lives of the three matriarchs who came before her.
Recently there has been much interest in the imahot - the Matriarchs, and their use in the liturgy.
In China, Ledbury examines two different types of business owners as well as modern matriarchs of wealthy families and children of entrepreneurs who aspire to run the family business.
Elephants have intricate social networks, dominated by female matriarchs, explains Joyce Poole, who has studied the Mikumi population.
Featuring more than five hundred black-and-white maps and illustrations and written by eight well-known scholars, this atlas begins with the patriarchs and matriarchs and ends with estimates of Jewish population in 2050 (a decline of one million in North America and a growth of almost three million in Israel).