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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Origin and Etymology of adelphic
Greek adelphikos brotherly, sisterly, from adelphos brother + -ikos -ic
First Known Use: 1896
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