from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a cognate relationship

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Relationship by blood; descent from the same original; kindred.
  • n. Participation of the same nature.
  • n. That tie of consanguinity which exists between persons descended from the same mother; -- used in distinction from agnation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Relationship by descent from the same pair, including both the male and the female lines. See agnation.
  • n. Affinity by kindred origin.
  • n. Affinity of any kind; resemblance in nature or character.

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

  • n. (anthropology) related by blood
  • n. line of descent traced through the maternal side of the family


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