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It was Chrysippus, prince of Clazomenæ, the nephew of Anaxagoras.

On his death-bed he charged his nephew to protect and cherish me as a sister.

His nephew, with his coat stripped off, was sitting on the side of the bed.

He was beginning to be more afraid and more distrustful of his nephew than ever.

There sat his nephew in the old place, apparently not having stirred.

His nephew was securely disposed of for the night, being fastened in his chamber.

That's a scurvy welcome to give a nephew you haven't seen for eighteen years.

"I should like to forget that you are my nephew," said the old man.

He went back to the farmhouse to tell Paul of his nephew's escape.

But suppose I don't know anything except you're Jasper's nephew?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Old French neveu (Old North French nevu) "grandson, descendant," from Latin nepotem (nominative nepos) "sister's son, grandson, descendant," in post-Augustan Latin, "nephew," from PIE *nepot- "grandchild," and in a general sense, "male descendant other than son" (cf. Sanskrit napat "grandson, descendant;" Old Persian napat- "grandson;" Old Lithuanian nepuotis "grandson;" Dutch neef; German Neffe "nephew;" Old Irish nia, genitive niath "son of a sister," Welsh nei). Used in English in all the classical senses until meaning narrowed in 17c., and also as a euphemism for "the illegitimate son of an ecclesiastic" (1580s). The Old English cognate, nefa "nephew, stepson, grandson, second cousin" survived to 16c.

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