(of persons) Of the same kin; related by blood.
* 1722 , , Moll Flanders , ch. 23:
(often, followed by to) Allied by nature; similar; partaking of the same properties; of the same kind.
* 1677 , , The Court of the Gentiles , T. Cockeril, part 4, bk. 1, ch. 2, p. 27:
- We are too near akin to lie together, though we may lodge near one another.
* 1710 , anon., "To the Spectator, &c.," The Spectator , vol. 1, no. 8 (March 9), p. 39:
- Is not then Fruition near akin to Love?
* 1814 , , Mansfield Park , ch. 44:
- She told me that she hoped my Face was not akin to my Tongue.
* 1837 , , The Pickwick Papers , ch. 39:
- Such sensations, however, were too near akin to resentment to be long guiding Fanny's soliloquies.
* 1910 , , "Old Well-Well," Success (July):
- Mr. Winkle . . . took his hand with a feeling of regard, akin to veneration.
- Something akin to a smile shone on his face.
* This adjective is always placed after the noun that it modifies.
Possessing a palatal structure akin to the emu and the other (now extinct) species of the genus Dromaius .
* 1895 : Eugene William Oates and William Thomas Blanford, Birds , volume 3,
page v (Taylor and Francis)
* 1921 : William Aitcheson Haswell, A Text-book of Zoology , volume 2,
- The fourth principal type, the dromæognathous , is not found in any Indian birds.
page 431 (3rd Ed.; Macmillan)
* 1937 : Zoological Society of London, Proceedings , volume 107, part 2,
- From the fact that the dromæognathous skull is more reptilian than any other type, it would seem that the Ratitæ diverged early from the carinate stock.
* 1938 : Harry Forbes Witherby, Francis Charles Robert Jourdain, Norman Frederic Ticehurst, and Bernard William Tucker, The Handbook of British Birds , volume 1,
- It is well known that the membrane bones of the ostrich palate have a dromæognathous arrangement which is closer to the lacertilian plan than to the characteristic bird type where palatines and pterygoids slide upon a central rostrum.
page xxvi (7th Ed.; H. F. & G. Witherby)
- Ægithognathous.—One of the four types of palatal structure distinguished by Huxley. The Dromæognathous type, with large vomer,¹ found in Ratites (Ostrich-like birds) is sharply defined from the others (in which the vomer is more or less reduced), but the latter are by no means so clearly separated from one another, and are connected to a great extent by intermediate conditions.