[ tuh-leg-uh-nee ]
/ təˈlɛg ə ni /


a former belief that a sire can influence the characteristics of the progeny of the female parent and subsequent mates.

Origin of telegony

First recorded in 1890–95; tele-1 + -gony
Related formstel·e·gon·ic [tel-i-gon-ik] /ˌtɛl ɪˈgɒn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for telegony


/ (tɪˈlɛɡənɪ) /


genetics the supposed influence of a previous sire on offspring borne by a female to other sires
Derived Formstelegonic (ˌtɛlɪˈɡɒnɪk) or telegonous, adjective

Word Origin for telegony

C19: from tele- + -gony . Compare Greek tēlegonos ``born far from one's homeland''
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