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In Duck Tales, Huey, Dewey, and Louie call Scrooge McDuck, "Uncle Scrooge". They call Donald "Uncle Donald" and Donald calls Scrooge, "Uncle Scrooge".

How are they actually related to one another?

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Seeing the response on this question, I think a lot of folks here are the kids from late 80s/early 90s :-) –  Ankit Jul 22 at 9:55

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According to the Disney Wiki

Huey, Dewey and Louie are the sons of Donald's sister Della Duck

Which means they really are Donald's nephews, and as mentioned on the sidebar on the Donald Duck article, Scrooge McDuck is Donald's uncle, though really he's his uncle-in-law as this relationship is through his wife's mother, Hortense McDuck, who is the sister to Scrooge.

This means Huey, Dewey and Louie are Scrooge McDuck's grand-nephews (his sister's grandchildren) and he is their great-uncle (grandmother's brother), as you can see from the infographic below.

It's likely they just went with "Uncle" for convenience, as most people aren't familiar with the term great-uncle.

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The duck family tree : duckman.pettho.com/tree/l_us.jpg –  MrShibby Jul 21 at 13:50
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For what it's worth, I think most people would choose "Uncle" over "Great-uncle" when referring to someone they interact with on a regular basis. Especially since "Uncle" can also be used for "unrelated close friend of my parents who I see frequently" –  Bobson Jul 21 at 14:35
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@MrShibby - Wow! I haven't seen this in a loooong time! I've always loved how the triplets' dad's name is covered up. –  System Down Jul 22 at 18:24

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