Definition of multilineal in English:

multilineal

adjective

  • Having several or many lines; (Cultural Anthropology) denoting a kinship system which includes relationships derived from families of both the father and the mother.

Origin

Late 18th century. From multi- + lineal. Compare earlier curvilineal [adjective], rectilineal, trilineal, and also matrilineal, patrilineal.

Pronunciation

multilineal

/ˌmʌltɪˈlɪnɪəl/