kissing cousin

kissing cousin
a) A relatively distant relative who is familiar enough to be greeted with a kiss.

Silicon is a “kissing cousin” of carbon. Notice it immediately below carbon in the Periodic Table. The arrangement of silicon’s outer electrons resembles those of carbon. For this reason, silicon and carbon are chemically similar.

b) A similar or related thing.
Syn: kissing kin

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  • kissing cousin — kiss ing cous in A cousin sufficiently well acquainted to be greeted with a kiss; a type of kissing kin. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kissing cousin — A kissing cousin is someone you are related to, but not closely …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • kissing cousin — n AmE old fashioned someone you are not closely related to, but whom you know well …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • kissing cousin — ☆ kissing cousin n. Informal 1. a distant relative known well enough to greet with a friendly kiss 2. someone or something closely akin to another …   English World dictionary

  • Kissing Cousin — Infobox Television episode | Title = Kissing Cousin Series = Frasier Season = 10 Episode = 04 Airdate = 15 October 2002 Production = Writer = Eric Zicklin Director = Scott Ellis Guests = Zooey Deschanel (Jen) Bradley Whitford (Stu) Prev = Proxy… …   Wikipedia

  • kissing cousin — 1. See under kissing kin. 2. something closely related or very similar: a textile that is a kissing cousin to nylon. [1935 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • kissing cousin —    A kissing cousin is someone you are related to, but not closely.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • kissing cousin — noun a more or less distant relative; familiar enough to be greeted with a kiss • Syn: ↑kissing kin • Hypernyms: ↑relative, ↑relation * * * noun, pl ⋯ ins [count] old fashioned : a person and especially a relative who you know well enough to kiss …   Useful english dictionary

  • kissing cousin — /ˈkɪsɪŋ ˌkʌzən/ (say kisinjuh) noun 1. one of two cousins who are romantically or sexually involved. 2. one of two or more things that are akin to each other: the two technologies are kissing cousins …   Australian-English dictionary

  • kissing cousin — noun Date: 1941 1. a person and especially a relative whom one knows well enough to kiss more or less formally upon meeting 2. one that is closely related in kind to something else …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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