\ \ [13] Nephew goes back ultimately to Indo-European *nepōt-, which denoted a range of indirect male descendants, including ‘grandson’ and ‘nephew’. Among its offspring were Greek anepsiósnephew’, Sanskrit nápātgrandson’, Germanic *nebon (source of German neffe and Dutch neefnephew’), and Latin nepōsnephew, grandson’ (source of English nepotism [17], etymologically ‘favouring one’s nephews’). This passed into Old French as neveu, from which English got nephew (replacing the related native English term neve). The corresponding Indo-European feminine form was *neptī-, which is the ultimate source of English niece.

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