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pat•ro•nym•ic



Pronunciation: (pa"tru-nim'ik), [key]
adj.
1. (of family names) derived from the name of a father or ancestor, esp. by the addition of a suffix or prefix indicating descent.
2. (of a suffix or prefix) indicating descent.

n.
1. a patronymic name, as Williamson (son of William) or Macdonald (son of Donald).
2. a family name; surname.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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