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

Word History


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 16 Jun. 2024.

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