cross-cousin

cross-cousin

[kraws-kuhz-uhn, kros-]
noun
a cousin who is the child either of one's mother's brother or one's father's sister.
Compare parallel cousin.


Origin:
1930–35

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cross-cousin

the child of one's mother's brother or father's sister. Scholars of kinship distinguish the different types of first cousin as follows: the children of a father's siblings are patrilateral cousins, and those of a mother's siblings are matrilateral cousins; the children of a mother's sister or of a father's brother are parallel cousins (sometimes called ortho-cousins); and the children of a father's sister or of a mother's brother are cross-cousins.

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