milk sibling

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milk sibling (plural milk siblings)

  1. A person who is not one's biological sibling but was nursed by the same woman as oneself.
    • 2004, Rebecca Popenoe, Feeding Desire: Fatness, Beauty, and Sexuality Among a Saharan People, Routledge (2004), →ISBN, page 94:
      But knowingly to marry someone who is a milk sibling is, as Sidi told me gravely, to go against Islam.

Usage notes[edit]

The concept of milk kinship is notably present in Islamic law (shari'a), under which milk siblings are forbidden to marry.