Cousin

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COUSIN, domest. rel. Cousins are kindred who are the issue of two brothers or two sisters, or of a brother and a sister. Those who descend from the brother or sister of the father of the person spoken of are called paternal cousins; maternal cousins are those who are descended from the brothers or sisters of the mother. Vide 2 Bro. C. C. 125; 1 Sim. & Stu. 301; 3 Russ. C. C. 140; 9 Sim. R. 386, 457.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In the matter of our ancestry, however, apart from slight uneasiness at the prospect of discovering that we were, like, third cousins, there was not a whole lot of suspense.
It turned out that the then owner of that farmhouse, Peter Farr, was also the same descendancy as him, so they were third cousins of each other.
Scottish-based company BritainsDNA carried out tests on DNA supplied by two of Eliza's living direct descendants, who are both third cousins of Princess Diana's mother, Frances Shand Kydd.
Another adoptee who found family through DNA testing, Kathy Borgmann, a 49-year-old corn farmer in New Palestine, Indiana, exchanged emails with cousins who delighted her by saying, "Welcome to the family." Alan Bogner of Olympia, Washington, felt such kinship with his newly discovered second and third cousins that he attended their family reunion in Iowa.
? The Lady Of The Rivers by Philippa Gregory (Simon & Schuster, pounds 18.99) The bestselling author focuses on the House of Plantagenet in her third Cousins' War novel.