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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Cog"nate
  1. Allied by blood; kindred by birth; specifically [Law] , related on the mother's side.
  2. Of the same or a similar nature; of the same family; proceeding from the same stock or root; allied; kindred; as, a cognate language.

Etymology: L. cognatus; co- + gnatus natus, p. p. of nasci, anciently gnasci, to be born. See Nation, and cf. Connate

noun Cog"nate
  1. [Law] One who is related to another on the female side.
  2. One of a number of things allied in origin or nature; as, certain letters are cognates .
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  1. A word is cognate with another if both derive from the same word in an ancestral language
  2. One related by blood or origin; especially on sharing an ancestor with another
  3. Related by blood
  4. Having the same ancestral language ("cognate languages")
  5. Related in nature

Borrowed from Latin cognātus (“related by blood”), from nātus (“born”).

  1. One of a number of things allied in origin or nature.
  2. (law, dated) One who is related to another on the female side.
  3. (law, dated) One who is related to another, both having descended from a common ancestor through legal marriages.
  4. (linguistics) A word either descended from the same base word of the same ancestor language as the given word, or strongly believed to be a regular reflex of the same reconstructed root of proto-language as the given word.
    English mother is a of Greek μητέρα (mitéra), German Mutter, Russian мать (matʹ) and Persian مادر‎ (mâdar).
    English queen and quean, Russian жена́ (žená), Icelandic kona and Irish bean are all .

cognate was also found in the following language(s): Italian and Latin

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Past life for Cognate born Jul 27, 1956

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern New Zealand approximately on 1850. Your profession was medicine man, surgeon, and herbalist.

You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Magic is everywhere around you, in most usual, most ordinary incidents. Your lesson - to learn magic and to help people to see it clearly. You are a magician!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.