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avunculate

[uh-vuhng-kyuh-lit, -leyt] /əˈvʌŋ kyə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/
noun, Anthropology.
1.
a close social relationship between a maternal uncle and his nephew.
Origin of avunculate
1915-1920
1915-20; < Latin avuncul(us) uncle (see avuncular) + -ate3
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British Dictionary definitions for avunculate

avunculate

/əˈvʌŋkjʊlɪt/
noun
1.
the custom in some societies of assigning rights and duties to a maternal uncle concerning his sister's son
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or governed by this custom
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