One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Resembling the male parent more closely than the female; possessing or exhibiting a tendency to inherit a character or characters from the father only.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Botanical Gazette. From ancient Greek πατρ-, πατήρ father + -o- + κλιν- (in κλίνειν to lean: see clino-) + -ous.
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