levirate

noun
le·vi·rate | \ˈle-və-rət, ˈlē-, -ˌrāt \

Definition of levirate 

: the sometimes compulsory marriage of a widow to a brother of her deceased husband

Other Words from levirate

leviratic \ˌle-və-ˈra-tik, ˌlē- \ adjective

First Known Use of levirate

1725, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for levirate

Latin levir husband's brother; akin to Old English tācor husband's brother, Greek daēr

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