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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

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