[fra-tri-sahyd, frey-]
a person who kills his or her brother.
the act of killing one's brother.

1490–1500; (def 1) < Middle French < frātricīda, equivalent to frātri- (combining form of frāter) brother + -cīda -cide; (def 2) < Middle French < Late Latin frātricīdium, equivalent to frātricīd(a) + -ium noun suffix

fratricidal, adjective Unabridged
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fratricide (ˈfrætrɪˌsaɪd, ˈfreɪ-)
1.  the act of killing one's brother
2.  a person who kills his brother
3.  military the destruction of or interference with a nuclear missile before it can strike its target caused by the earlier explosion of a warhead at a nearby target
[C15: from Latin frātricīda; see frater1, -cide]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from L. fratricida, from frater "brother" + cida "killer," or cidum "a killing," both from caedere "to kill, to cut down" (see concise). Related: Fratricidal.
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Example sentences
The task of getting rid of civilian casualties and fratricide would be even
Until then, the two parties must develop ways of cohabiting, avoiding the
  fratricide of the past.
Sometimes comrades in arms die and the military call it fratricide or, more
  chillingly, friendly fire.
The practices of warfare and fratricide have ceased.
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