adelphic

adjective
adel·​phic | \ ə-ˈdel-fik \

Definition of adelphic

: of or relating to a polygynous marriage in which the wives are sisters or to a polyandrous marriage in which the husbands are brothers

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First Known Use of adelphic

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adelphic

Greek adelphikos brotherly, sisterly, from adelphos brother + -ikos -ic

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“Adelphic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adelphic. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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