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Unformatted text preview: ords about families 147 7. kin. A group of people descended from a common ancestor or constituting a family, clan, tribe, or race; relatives collectively are called kinfolk. Gathering all her kin to her side, my great-grandmother told us the story of her arrival in America. 8. monogamy. Marriage to only one person at a time. Monogamy is not the only option; some cultures approve other ways of how marriages should be formed. 9. nuclear family. A family unit consisting of a mother, a father, and their children. A nuclear family of a mother, a father, and two kids is an idealized version of family life we often see on TV shows. 10. pedigree. An ancestral line of descent or ancestry. Our puppy’s pedigree was a mystery: she had ears like a beagle and long legs like a Great Dane! 11. polygamy. The practice of having more than one spouse at a time, also called plural marriage. Although polygamy is illegal in America, it is still practiced quietly in some areas. 12. sibling. One of two or more in...
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