avunculate

[uh-vuhng-kyuh-lit, -leyt]

noun Anthropology.

a close social relationship between a maternal uncle and his nephew.

Nearby words

  1. avulse,
  2. avulsed wound,
  3. avulsion,
  4. avulsion fracture,
  5. avuncular,
  6. aw,
  7. aw-shucks,
  8. awa,
  9. awa',
  10. awacs

Origin of avunculate

1915–20; < Latin avuncul(us) uncle (see avuncular) + -ate3

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British Dictionary definitions for avunculate

avunculate

noun

the custom in some societies of assigning rights and duties to a maternal uncle concerning his sister's son

adjective

of, relating to, or governed by this custom
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