telegony

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tele- +‎ -gony

Noun[edit]

telegony (uncountable)

  1. The belief that, in the case of siblings from the same mother but different fathers, the second sibling could inherit characteristics from the father of the first.
    • 1912, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World[1]:
      "And that telegony is still sub judice?" "Undoubtedly." "And that the germ plasm is different from the parthenogenetic egg?" "Why, surely!" I cried, and gloried in my own audacity.

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