matroclinous


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mat·ro·cli·nous

 (măt′rə-klī′nəs)
adj.
Having inherited characteristics that more closely resemble the female parent than the male parent.

[matri- + Greek klīnein, to lean; see klei- in Indo-European roots + -ous.]

mat′ri·cli′ny (-nē) n.
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matroclinous

(ˌmætrəˈklaɪnəs) ,

matriclinous

,

matroclinal

,

matroclinic

or

matriclinic

adj
(Biology) (of an animal or plant) showing the characters of the female parent. Compare patroclinous
[C20: from matri- + Greek klīnein to lean]
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