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If we would specify "Onkel", "Tante" or "Cousin(e)" related through the mother's side of the family, can we use:

mein mütterlicher Onkel
meine mütterliche Tante
meine mütterliche Cousine

because "Onkel", for example, may mean "brother of mother or father".

Is that correct for Germans?

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You'd normally use "mütterlicherseits" or "väterlicherseits".

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A maternal uncle is called “Onkel mütterlicherseits” in German. “Mütterlicher Onkel” would refer to a motherly uncle.

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Onkel may even specify the husband of your father's or mother's sister (or with a liberal view: male significant other of your father's or mother's sibling).

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