from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A brother by birth.
  • n. One of two individuals who vow mutual fidelity and trust by a ceremony involving the mingling of each other's blood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A brother by birth.
  • n. Someone bound to another person in commitment and friendship by a ceremonial mingling of blood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. brother by blood or birth.
  • n. See under Blood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A brother by birth.
  • n. One who has become a brother by the ceremony of mutual mingling of blood, as among the American Indians and others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a male sworn (usually by a ceremony involving the mingling of blood) to treat another as his brother
  • n. a male with the same parents as someone else


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