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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Nephew (French neveu, Latin nepos).
Both in Latin and in archaic English the word means a grandchild, or descendant. Hence, in 1 Tim. v. 4, we read—“If a woman have children or nephews [grand-children].” Propertius has it, “Me inter seros laudbit Roma nepotes [posterity].”   1
   Niece (Latin neptis) also means a granddaughter or female descendant. (See NEPOTISM.)   2


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