The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Hindus of high caste, claiming to rank next the Brahmans, who lived on the Malabar coast of India; among them polyandry prevailed, and the royal power descended through the female line.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Nairs'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/n/nairs.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.