avunculicide

noun
avun·​cu·​li·​cide | \ ə-ˈvəŋ-kyə-lə-ˌsīd How to pronounce avunculicide (audio) \
plural avunculicides

Definition of avunculicide

: the killing of an uncle by his nephew or niece This is not the place to relate the circumstances of every case of Fratricide, but some are of more particular interest. The first may more properly be described as “avunculicide,” for it was his uncle … whom Osman I got rid of in 1298 …— Anthony Dolphin Alderson, The Structure of the Ottoman Dynasty, 1956

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First Known Use of avunculicide

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for avunculicide

Latin avunculus “maternal uncle” + -i- + -cide

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“Avunculicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avunculicide. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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