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Monday, March 12, 2001

Definitions for avuncular

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of an uncle: avuncular affection.

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Citations for avuncular
They would naturally come to him with their little dilemmas and queries; avuncular, he would advise them and aid them in their London initiation. Audrey Niffenegger, Her Fearful Symmetry, 2009
Other stuff I blanked on, but I'd pick up a letter from some poor lost soul and it stimulated some cortex in me--some deep avuncular impulse--and I rattled off advice to them, no problem. Garrison Keillor, Love Me, 2003
Origin of avuncular
1825-1835
Avuncular entered English in the early 1800s. It finds its roots in the Latin word for "a mother's brother," avunculus, diminutive of avus meaning "a forefather."
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