of, pertaining to, or characteristic of an uncle: avuncular affection.

1825–35; < Latin avuncul(us) a mother's brother, equivalent to av(us) a forefather + *-ont- + *-l(os) diminutive suffix (cf. uncle) + -ar1

avuncularity, noun
avuncularly, adverb
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avuncular (əˈvʌŋkjʊlə)
1.  of or concerned with an uncle
2.  resembling an uncle; friendly; helpful
[C19: from Latin avunculus (maternal) uncle, diminutive of avus grandfather]

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1831, from L. avunculus "maternal uncle," dim. of avus (see uncle). Used humorously for "of a pawnbroker" (uncle was slang for "pawnbroker" from c.1600 through 19c.).
"My only good suit is at present under the avuncular protection." ["Fraser's Magazine," 1832]
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