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Word of the day: Consanguineous

Consanguineous

[kan-sang-GWIN-ee-us]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, early 17th century

Relating to or denoting people descended from the same ancestor.

Examples of consanguineous in a sentence

"You two look so similar, you could be consanguineous."

"The patients are not consanguineous; they are husband and wife."

About Consanguineous

Consanguineous originated from the Latin word "consanguineus," or "of the same blood," which is a combination of the words "con" ("together") and "sanguis" ("blood").

Did you Know?

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