One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘mothers left their children with grandmothers or other kin’
relatives, relations, family, family members, kindred, connections, clan, tribe, kith and kin, one's own flesh and blood, nearest and dearest
kinsfolk, kinsmen, kinswomen
1‘my uncle was kin to the brothers’
related, akin, allied, close, connected with, cognate with
rare consanguineous, consanguine
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