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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“Avunculate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avunculate. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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