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Sunday, June 17, 2012

agnate

\ag-neyt\ , noun;
1.
A relative whose connection is traceable exclusively through males.
2.
Any male relation on the father's side.
adjective:
1.
Related or akin through males or on the father's side.
2.
Allied or akin.
Quotes:
It was considered abomination; no agnate gives up its infant kin in Igboland, no matter the crime.
-- M. O. Ené, Blighted Blues
His uncle in the third segment was the only other agnate who shared patriotic sentiments with Yat-Kuan.
-- Saikaku Ihara, Tales of Japanese Justice
Origin:
Agnate is derived from the Latin word agnātus which referred to paternal kinsmen.
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