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    biovular twins

    Do you say "biovular twins" more or "fraternal twins" more for the opposite of "identical twins"?

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    Re: biovular twins

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Do you say "biovular twins" more or "fraternal twins" more for the opposite of "identical twins"?
    "Biovular" is rare. You'll find it mostly in the research literature. People normally refer to "non-identical twins."
    Identical twins rarely, if ever, refer to themselves as "uniovular."

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    Re: biovular twins

    "Fraternal twins" is common here. I've never heard "biovular."

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    Re: biovular twins

    My sister and brother are twins. Everyone uses the term 'fraternal' for them - although this has always bothered me on grounds of etymology! I'd never met biovular before I read your post.

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    Re: biovular twins

    Afterthought: in fact I have to admit that at first I thought your thread was about oysters

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    Re: biovular twins

    My ex-husband had a twin sister. It was very hard to resist the urge to say "Are you KIDDING ME?" when people would ask if they were identical or fraternal.

    Anyway, like the others (aside from Ray), I've never seen that other term before.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: biovular twins

    I just learned the expression "fraternal twins" from keannu and I went on to read on the internet that there is also the term "sororal twins". Is the latter equally common? Could two sisters be called "fraternal twins"?

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    Re: biovular twins

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I just learned the expression "fraternal twins" from keannu and I went on to read on the internet that there is also the term "sororal twins". Is the latter equally common? Could two sisters be called "fraternal twins"?

    I've never seen that term before either. Here, two girls are still fraternal twins, despite the dodgy etymology.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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