avunculate

noun
avun·​cu·​late | \-ˌlāt\
plural -s

Definition of avunculate 

1 : a special relationship obtaining among some tribal peoples between a nephew and his maternal uncle

2 : authority of a man over his sister's family affairs but especially over her children and the reciprocal rights and responsibilities associated therewith — compare amitate

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History and Etymology for avunculate

Latin avunculus + English -ate

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