A cousin is a sister
Each of the world's people has its own history, it is deeply rooted in the past. In order to restore the connection between generations, make a family tree, draw the table relationship. Hundreds of intricate names can be found there, all of them are invented in order to call a relative, are not one dozen, especially in large families. To memorize the entire list is quite difficult, but to know how to properly call at least your closest blood people, must. Cousin is also a close relative.
Borrowing from the West
Whence came the name "cousin"? This word is borrowed from the English language. In English-speaking countries the word cousin mean the children from relatives, and half-blood brothers and sisters of your parents. Simply put, in English the word "cousin" is "cousin". By the way, the French have a similar sounding word – cousine.
Those who were born and raised in the Soviet Union or in the territory of the former Soviet Union, to realize that the cousin is a cousin, rather strange. It was not in the everyday life of our people of the word, it is inspired by the West. In most families, not bothering to inventions, called cousins just cousins.
As it was in Russia?
Our ancestors also didn't know what a cousin is a cousin. Therefore called a relative strietska. Not less than intricate designation given by our ancestors and relatives such as cousins by the father. They were called trycycle. If the relationship was on the maternal side, a cousin called UEC or ujcich. All these names are derived from old Russian symbols themselves brothers and sisters of the father (Stryi, Ukraine), as well as the names of mother's brother – UI. Oddly enough, but the sister's mother just called and straightforward – aunt.