Le"vir(l"vr), n. [L.] A husband's brother; -- used in reference to levirate marriages.
Lev`i*rat"ic*al(-rt"*kl), } a. [L. levir a husband's brother, brother-in-law; akin to Gr. dah`r: cf. F. lvirat leviration.] Of, pertaining to, or in accordance with, a law of the ancient Israelites and other tribes and races, according to which a woman, whose husband died without issue, was married to the husband's brother.
The firstborn son of a leviratical marriage was reckoned and registered as the son of the deceased brother.Alford.
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