- a former belief that a sire can influence the characteristics of the progeny of the female parent and subsequent mates.
Origin of telegony
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In 2004 the Russian Orthodox Church sponsored the publication of “Virginity and Telegony.”The Strange Science Behind Virgin Births
January 22, 2014
The phenomenon has recently been endowed with a new name—Telegony.
The curious phenomenon of telegony is not limited, however, to plants.Homo-culture
Martin Luther Holbrook
Pre-natal culture and telegony were found to be mere delusions.Applied Eugenics
Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
It was as a matter of fact thought to be an example of that rather doubtfully-occurring phenomenon, "telegony."The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
Weismann does not absolutely deny the possibility of the existence of telegony, but he would like more evidence.
- genetics the supposed influence of a previous sire on offspring borne by a female to other sires
C19: from tele- + -gony . Compare Greek tēlegonos ``born far from one's homeland''