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

leviratic

play \ˌle-və-ˈra-tik, ˌlē-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of levirate

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


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