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cog•nate



Pronunciation: (kog'nāt), [key]
adj.
1. related by birth; of the same parentage, descent, etc.
2. Ling.descended from the same language or form: such cognate languages as French and Spanish.
3. allied or similar in nature or quality.

n.
1. a person or thing cognate with another.
2. a cognate word: The English word cold is a cognate of German kalt.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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