avunculate

noun avun·cu·late

Definition of avunculate

plural

-s

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

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of avunculate

Latin avunculus + English -ate


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