Definition of matroclinous in English:

matroclinous

adjective

Biology
  • Resembling the female parent more closely than the male; possessing or exhibiting a tendency to inherit a character or characters from the mother only.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in American Naturalist. From classical Latin mātr-, māter mother + -o- + ancient Greek κλιν- (in κλίνειν to lean; compare clino-) + -ous.

Pronunciation

matroclinous

/ˌmatrəʊˈklʌɪnəs/