Definition of bifurcate merging
of kinship name classes
: identifying collateral relatives with lineal relatives of the same sex and generation when the connecting relative is of the same sex but distinguishing them when the connecting relative is of the opposite sex in a bifurcate merging terminology a father's brother would be identified as father but a mother's brother as uncle
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