telegony

telegony

[tuh-leg-uh-nee]
noun
a former belief that a sire can influence the characteristics of the progeny of the female parent and subsequent mates.

Origin:
1890–95; tele-1 + -gony

telegonic [tel-i-gon-ik] , adjective
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telegony (tɪˈlɛɡənɪ)
 
n
genetics the supposed influence of a previous sire on offspring borne by a female to other sires
 
[C19: from tele- + -gony. Compare Greek tēlegonos ``born far from one's homeland'']
 
telegonic
 
adj
 
te'legonous
 
adj

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