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Line of descent traced through the maternal side of the family.  Synonyms: enation, matrilineage.
(anthropology) related by blood.  Synonyms: blood kinship, consanguinity.

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"Cognation" Quotes from Famous Books

... a stock or family when it is not found to be cognate with any other language. Languages are said to be cognate when such relations between them are found that they are supposed to have descended from a common ancestral speech. The evidence of cognation is derived exclusively from the vocabulary. Grammatic similarities are not supposed to furnish evidence of cognation, but to be phenomena, in part relating to stage of culture and in part adventitious. It ...
— Seventh Annual Report • Various

Words linked to "Cognation" :   consanguinity, relationship, unilateral descent, enation, affinity, matrilineage, kinship, anthropology, family relationship

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