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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Pater, Walter Horatio 1839-1894. British writer remembered for his volumes of criticism, including Appreciations (1889).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Father: used in certain compound words: as, paterfamilias, paternoster, etc.; also, colloquially, among schoolboys, as a term of address or mention, like mater.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an informal use of the Latin word for father; sometimes used by British schoolboys or used facetiously

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