One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of two cousins who are children of two brothers, or of two sisters.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Marriage within the family is a common strategy, and a young man of marriageable age has an absolute right of first refusal for his father's brother's daughter - his patrilateral parallel cousin.’
- ‘Among Muslims, the preferred match is between parallel cousins, the children of two brothers.’
- ‘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.’
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