Father

A father (or dad) is defined as a male parent or Individual progenitor of human offspring. The adjective "paternal" refers to a father and comparatively to "maternal" for a mother. The verb "to father" means to procreate or to sire a child from which also derives the gerund "fathering". Fathers determine the gender of their child through a sperm cell which either contains an X chromosome (female), or Y chromosome (male).

Read more about Father:  Etymology, Relationship With Children, Determination of Parenthood, History of Fatherhood, Father–offspring Conflict, Categories, Non-human Fatherhood

Famous quotes containing the word father:

    When it comes to little girls, God the father has nothing on father, the god. It’s an awesome responsibility.
    Frank Pittman (20th century)

    I see you boys of summer in your ruin.
    Man in his maggot’s barren.
    And boys are full and foreign in the pouch.
    I am the man your father was.
    We are the sons of flint and pitch.
    O see the poles are kissing as they cross.
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

    My father was a patriarch inside a matriarchy, but never knew it.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)