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matrocliny

[ma-truh-klahy-nee, mey-] /ˈmæ trəˌklaɪ ni, ˈmeɪ-/
noun, Genetics.
1.
inheritance in which the traits of the offspring are derived primarily from the maternal parent (opposed to patrocliny).
Also, matricliny.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; matro- (variant of matri- with -o-) + -clin- (< Greek klī́nein to bend, lean, or extracted from incline; cf. cline) + -y3
Related forms
matroclinous, matroclinal, matroclinic
[ma-truh-klin-ik, mey-] /ˌmæ trəˈklɪn ɪk, ˌmeɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for matroclinous

matriclinous

/ˌmætrɪˈklaɪnəs/
adjective
1.
(of an animal or plant) showing the characters of the female parent Compare patriclinous
Word Origin
C20: from matri- + Greek klīnein to lean

matroclinous

/ˌmætrəˈklaɪnəs/
adjective
1.
a variant of matriclinous
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Word Origin and History for matroclinous
adj.

"resembling the mother rather than the father," 1911, from matri- + Greek klinein "to lean" (see lean (v.)).

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