Definitions

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

  • n. Line of descent as traced through men on the paternal side of a family.

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  • n. A group of descendants related through a common male lineage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The line of descent traced through the paternal side of the family.

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

  • n. line of descent traced through the paternal side of the family

Etymologies

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Latin: pater: father + linea: line.

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