a male who replaces an absent father and becomes an object of attachment.
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This tall, horizontally branched cactus is probably the most recognizable cactus in Arizona. What is it called?
Also called father surrogate.
Origin of father substitute
First recorded in 1935–40
Words nearby father substitute
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