avunculate

avunculate

[uh-vuhng-kyuh-lit, -leyt]
noun Anthropology.
a close social relationship between a maternal uncle and his nephew.

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

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avunculate (əˈvʌŋkjʊlɪt)
 
n
1.  the custom in some societies of assigning rights and duties to a maternal uncle concerning his sister's son
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or governed by this custom

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