WORD LISTS

It's All in the Family

February 1, 2012
Learn these words that refer to the roles and relationships within a family.
kin
The soldier was not identified, pending notification of next of kin.
sibling
He began looking after his younger siblings at the age of four while his mother worked multiple jobs to make ends meet.
ancestor
His father was the surviving representative of an honored line of English ancestors.
matriarch
The younger elephants are presumably taking cues from the matriarch, Dr. McComb said.
patriarch
He was widely regarded as a lovable patriarch, for instance, at a time when he had left his large family behind.
familial
But as its title implies, “Sons” has inescapable familial dimensions.
filial
No virtue in Korea is esteemed more than filial devotion.
genealogy
Most Somalis can recite their genealogy going back several generations.
spouse
Japanese working mums do four hours of child care and housework each day—eight times as much as their spouses.
maternal
Maternal mortality rates are also high, with 85 women dying in childbirth for every 100,000 live births, Tidey said.

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