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avunculate Syllabification: a·vun·cu·late
Pronunciation: /əˈvəNGkyəlit/ /-ˌlāt/

Definition of avunculate in English:


(the avunculate) Anthropology
The special relationship in some societies between a man and his sister’s son.
Example sentences
  • The Fante also cited the latter proverb to indicate certain limitations placed on the avunculate.
  • Since every schoolboy since Radcliffe-Brown knows the importance of the avunculate in African society, I simply counted my blessings, figuring that I must actually be ‘doing’ anthropology.
  • He is currently refining one paper on Anglo-Saxon queenship and another on the avunculate in Beowulf, the latter invited for Philological Quarterly.


Early 20th century: from Latin avunculus 'maternal uncle' + -ate2.

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