The children of brothers and sisters, first cousins; kinsfolk. (Latin, germánus, a brother, one of the same stock.)
“There is three cozen-germans that has cozened all the hosts of Reading, of Maidenhead, of Colebrook, of horses and money.” —Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor, iv.5.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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