Posted by Dan McGuirk on November 08, 2002
In Reply to: Distaff vs. ? posted by Bookworm on November 04, 2002
: What is the term for the male side of the family? Thanks in advance.
I always (well, since I read _Infinite Jest_) thought it was 'agnate'.
Main Entry: 1ag·nate
Etymology: Latin agnatus, from past participle of agnasci to be born in addition to, from ad- + nasci to be born -- more at NATION
1 : a relative whose kinship is traceable exclusively through males
2 : a paternal kinsman