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

Word History


Latin avunculus "maternal uncle" + -i- + -cide

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of avunculicide was in 1866

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“Avunculicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avunculicide. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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