A word first used in Mercedes Lackey
's The Last Herald-Mage
triology to describe the homosexual
. Abbrieviated as shaych
, shay'a'chern translates from the ficticious
language of the Taleydras
or the Hawkbrothers
as "one whose lover is like the self" with a distinctly sexual connotation to the word that plainly does not mean family.
Shay'a'chern shows up in its abbrieviated form in later books having to deal with the Heralds of Valdemar and the Hawkbrothers.
The word she'chorn means the same thing as shaych and is from the same series of books, but is from the ficticious language of the Shin'a'in.