First cousins who are children of two brothers, or of two sisters. Compare with cross cousins.
- For instance, parallel cousins are not considered to be marriageable, but cross cousins are, which adds another dimension to the system, namely that of affinal relatives, relatives gained through marriage.
- A cross cousin is the child of your mother's brother or father's sister, while the children of your mother's sister or father's brother are parallel cousins.
- Among Muslims, the preferred match is between parallel cousins, the children of two brothers.
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Syllabification: par·al·lel cous·ins
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