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matriarch

the female head of a tribe or family, esp in a matriarchy
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There was a time when proud matriarchal mums would rather go hungry than take handouts but that stigma associated with failure to look after your own family is not as prevalent and people recognise the need to accept help in times of crisis.
It might not be coincidental that each has an overbearing mother, Francesca Annis merely deliberately irritating and forceful as the matriarchal Edith Rawlinson, while Barbara Flynn's Marjorie Chater is a fully-fledged bigot of the worst kind.
The name is a tribute to the Yao matriarchal society, to the women of Mozambique and to the beauty of Lake Niassa.
The great ape's social structure is complex and matriarchal.
From playing M in the Bond series to Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love, she's known internationally for playing ice cold matriarchal roles.
On her mother's side, Shirene belongs to the matriarchal Baktiari Tribe -- women make the important decisions, and daughters are taught to throw knives and lassos and to ride stallions.
Then Irish state broadcaster RTE commissioned him to write a series of short stories based around the meddling matriarchal character he had created.
At Malvern Theatre until Saturday TUESDAY The irrepressible Mrs Brown brings "her" unique brand of matriarchal mayhem to the LG Arena for five nights from today 2012 was a very good year for British athletics and Emeli Sande seemed to be a ubiquitous Olympic presence.
Madeleine is the matriarchal linchpin at the Harnden kennels.
The matriarchal character was originally played by Barbara Bel Geddes but, after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery in 1983, she had to be replaced in the role.
These matriarchal societies had bright cultures that flourished, emphasizing care and support of all members.
Matriarchal societies; studies on indigenous cultures across the globe.