amitate

/am"i tayt', -tit/, n. Anthropol.
a close social relationship between a paternal aunt and her niece.
[ < L amit(a) paternal aunt + -ATE3]

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  • amitate — am·i·tate …   English syllables

  • amitate — ˈaməˌtāt tə̇t noun ( s) Etymology: Latin amita paternal aunt + English ate 1. : a special relationship obtaining among some peoples between a niece and her paternal aunt 2. : authority of a woman over her brother s children and the rights and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • avunculate —  ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ lə̇t, ˌlāt noun ( s) Etymology: Latin avunculus + English ate 1. : a special relationship obtaining among some tribal peoples between a nephew and his maternal uncle 2. : authority of a man over his sister s family affairs but… …   Useful english dictionary

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