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  • Six generations back up the family tree; your grandmother's grandmother's grandmother.

    February 22, 2007

  • Amazing! Do you know, sionnach, whether a similar word exists for your grandfather's grandfather's grandfather? Or were you just using the "grandmother" line as an example?

    February 22, 2007

  • tritavus would be the term for the great-granddaddy of your great-granddaddy. If you google on the term stirps romana, high on the results list there should be a pdf file, which is a goldmine for words like this. Although it lays out the latin terms for various relatives, a surprising number appear to have made it into English, relatively unscathed, via the legal system. If nothing else, it provides a list of potential English words, which can be further checked using other sources. (Warning - this can be a timesuck. But you already knew that :-> )

    February 23, 2007

  • Whyever would I want to get involved in a timesuck? ;-)

    Thanks for the information--it's a fascinating document (and now I see where avuncular comes from too). Should have guessed that these are drawn from the law.

    February 23, 2007