One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The set of all descendants of a particular pair of individuals.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin parentela relationship, family, kin from classical Latin parent-, parēns + -ēla, suffix forming nouns. Compare Portuguese parentela kinship, relationship, relatives, Italian parentela kinship, relationship, Catalan parentela relatives, Spanish parentela kinship, relationship, (now usually) relatives, Occitan parentèla kinship, relatives.
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