avunculate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin avunculus: uncle.

Noun[edit]

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avunculate ‎(plural avunculates)

  1. the relationship between a man and his sister's children, generally her sons.
  2. (In certain tribal peoples, for example, the Korowai) a special relationship between a man and a maternal uncle, and the mutual responsibilities between them.