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Telegony

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Telegony (Biol) The supposed influence of a father upon offspring subsequent to his own, begotten of the same mother by another father.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n telegony In biology, the supposed influence of a first sire upon the progeny subsequently borne by the mother to other sires. Most breeders are believers in telegony, although careful experiments have failed to show any scientific basis for their opinion.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. th^le far + root of Gr. to be born

Usage

In literature:

For recent work on telegony see Ewart's "Experimental Investigations on Telegony," "Phil.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Quid petis AEaei moenia Telegoni?
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I." by Jacob Bryant
Telegony is still believed by many animal breeders, but it has no place in science.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
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