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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
patrocliny / patricliny
MEANING:noun: Inheritance of traits primarily from the father.
ETYMOLOGY:From Greek patro- (father) + klinein (to lean). Ultimately from the Indo-European root klei- (to lean) that is also the source of lean, incline, ladder, lid, client, climate, and climax.
NOTES:The female counterpart of this term is matrocliny.
USAGE:"Common to all was the early modern ideal of nobility that prized purity above antiquity; quarterings [joining different coats of arms to symbolize various ancestries] together above patrocliny, and virtue above ethnicity."
William D. Godsey; Nobles and Nation in Central Europe; Cambridge University Press; 2004.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Oh, would that my mind could let fall its dead ideas, as the tree does its withered leaves! -Andre Gide, author, Nobel laureate (1869-1951)