closely related: having the same parents, or closely related ( formal )
[Via French germain< Latin germanus "having the same parents" < germen (see germ)]http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictio...
ADJECTIVE:Having the same parents or the same grandparents on either the mother's or the father's side. Often used in combination: a cousin-german; a brother-german.
ETYMOLOGY:Middle English germain, from Old French, from Latin germnus, from germen, offshoot. See gen- in Appendix I.
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Middle English germain, from Anglo-French, from Latin germanus having the same parents, from germen
: having the same parents or the same grandparents on either the maternal or paternal side —usually used after the noun which it modifies and joined to it by a hyphen http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Di...
Pronunciation: ( jûr'mun), [key]
1. having the same father and mother, as a full brother or sister (usually used in combination): a brother-german.
2. born of the brother or sister of one's father or mother, as a first cousin (usually used in combination): a cousin-german.
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