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blood relation

or blood relative

noun
1.
one related by birth.
Origin of blood relation
1700-1710
First recorded in 1700-10
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Examples from the Web for blood relation
Historical Examples
  • "She's 'nough like my Pharaoh's Daughter to be a blood relation," she remarked.

    Rebecca Mary Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • He is your blood relation, and must receive you in a friendly way.

  • He was an orphan, with hardly a blood relation in the world.

    The Angel of the Revolution George Griffith
  • Just going in for a drink with old Jack—everybody does that; and after all he's no blood relation.

    Second String Anthony Hope
  • He can exact no truckling homage where every member of the tribe is a blood relation.

    The Fijians Basil Thomson
  • It is unlucky for a bridegroom to have for his "best-man" one who is not his blood relation.

  • Every spire of pine along the hill-top, every trouty pool along that mountain river, was more dear to me than a blood relation.

    Across the Plains Robert Louis Stevenson
  • It is certainly convenient to be able to allude, if it be but once in a year, to some blood relation.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • Usually he was a distant kinsman, but whether a blood relation or not, we regarded all Welshmen as belonging to our clan.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • Walter Rossel had not one blood relation in the whole company, but he considered himself one of the Perier family.

    South from Hudson Bay E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
British Dictionary definitions for blood relation

blood relation

noun
1.
a person related to another by birth, as distinct from one related by marriage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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blood relation in Medicine

blood relation n.
A person who is related to another by birth rather than by marriage.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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