sa·​pin·​da | \ səˈpində \
plural -s

Definition of sapinda

: a person considered in relation to any of his or her three or sometimes six nearest lineal male ancestors or descendants

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History and Etymology for sapinda

Sanskrit sapiṇḍa, literally, having the same lump, from sa- one and the same (akin to sama same) + piṇḍa lump of rice offered to deceased ancestors; from the fact that the lump is offered to the three nearest ancestors and the crumbs to the next three

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“Sapinda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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