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  • Thus to the young Sappho spake the melon-venders; thus the captains to Zenobia; and in the damp cave over gnawed bones the hairy suitor thus protested to the woman advocate of matriarchy.

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  • The people of that island have a matriarchy.
  • It had a matriarchal twang.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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