Meaning of BIFURCATION

Meaning of BIFURCATION:

Used in kinship terminology, it refers to the lineal distinction between the kin from the mother’s side and those from the father’s side. One type of terminology is called bifurcate merging type in which the lineal relatives from paternal and maternal sides are called by different terms while collaterals are grouped together like mother and mother’s sister or father and father’s brother. The other type of terminology is called bifurcate collateral type in which terminological distinction is made between the mother’s and the father’s side as well as between lineal and collateral kin.