fraternal twin

noun
either of two twins who developed from two separate fertilized eggs
Syn: ↑dizygotic twin
Hypernyms: ↑twin

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one of a pair of twins, not necessarily resembling each other, or of the same sex, that develop from two separately fertilized ova. Cf. identical twin.
[1900-05]

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fraternal twin UK US noun [countable] [singular fraternal twin plural fraternal twins] biology
one of a pair of babies from different eggs that a woman gives birth to at the same time. Two babies born from a single egg look exactly like each other and are called identical twins .
Thesaurus: brothers and sistershyponym

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noun, pl ⋯ twins [count]
: either member of a pair of twins that are produced from different eggs and may not have the same sex or appearance — compare identical twin

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fraˌternal ˈtwin f11 [fraternal twin] (also ˌnon-iˌdentical ˈtwin (technical ˌdizyˌgotic ˈtwin) noun
either of two children or animals born from the same mother at the same time but not from the same egg
See also:dizygotic twin non-identical twin

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • fraternal twin — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms fraternal twin : singular fraternal twin plural fraternal twins biology one of a pair of babies from different eggs that a woman gives birth to at the same time. Two babies born from a single egg look exactly… …   English dictionary

  • Fraternal twin — A twin who have shared a common uterine environment with its sibling. Fraternal twins are due to the fertilization of two different ova by different sperm. Fraternal twins are also called dizygotic twins …   Medical dictionary

  • fraternal twin — /frətɜnəl ˈtwɪn/ (say fruhternuhl twin) noun one of twins produced from two different eggs, each fertilised by a different sperm. Also, dizygotic twin …   Australian English dictionary

  • fraternal twin — fra,ternal twin noun count an ordinary TWIN born at the same time as another baby from two different eggs. Two babies born from a single egg look a lot like each other and are called identical twins …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fraternal twin — frater′nal twin′ n. one of a pair of twins, not necessarily resembling each other or of the same sex, that develop from two separately fertilized ova Compare identical twin • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • fraternal twin — one of a pair of twins, not necessarily resembling each other, or of the same sex, that develop from two separately fertilized ova. Cf. identical twin. [1900 05] * * * …   Universalium

  • twin — [adj] duplicate, similar accompanying, bifold, binary, copied, corresponding, coupled, double, dual, duplicating, geminate, identical, joint, like, matched, matching, paired, parallel, same, second, selfsame, twofold, very same; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • fraternal — (adj.) early 15c., from M.Fr. fraternel and directly from M.L. fraternalis, from L. fraternus “brotherly” (see FRATERNITY (Cf. fraternity)). The noun meaning fraternal twin is recorded by 1911 …   Etymology dictionary

  • twin — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. double, twofold; fraternal, identical; like. See similarity, numeration. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. identical, fellow, twofold, second, accompanying, joint, coupled, matched, copied, duplicating;… …   English dictionary for students

  • fraternal — adjective a) Of brothers (fraternal twins) b) Related through a brother (fraternal nephew) Syn: brotherly Ant: sororal, paternal, maternal …   Wiktionary

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