I'm guessing that the link posted was supposed to help, but I have already been there. Nothing that helps us out. ANything else?
There were two reasons I posted that link. The first two results are your posts of the identical question at enotes! The other two were possibilities.
If you find nothing there, then you might search in Google Scholar:
You should also check with your librarian. Almost all libraries these days, public or high school or college, have subscribed to vast databases of information (so they don't have to take up precious floor space with stacks and stacks of scholarly journals, newspapers, etc. Check to see if your library subscribes to any of these listed at this particular school -- (Broken Link Removed)
Especially EBSCOhost and Literature Resource Center...
OK, thanks. I think... Is it so wrong to post the same question on different sites when we have yet to come up with any help????? Hmmm makes sense to me, but whatever.
Here is something I've NEVER understood! When someone doesn't understand what a word is, why not look in a good dictionary?
Main Entry: pat·ro·nym·ic
Etymology: Late Latin patronymicum, from neuter of patronymicus of a patronymic, from Greek patronymikos, from patronymia patronymic, from patr- + onyma name —more at NAME
: a name derived from that of the father or a paternal ancestor usually by the addition of an affix
- patronymic adjective
My Grandfather was an example = O'Giligan
P.S. Here quite possibly is the best explanation:
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Just think of some Swedish names: Pederson, Carlson, Peterson, etc.
Missy, if you're confident of the meaning of the word "patronymic" and you've been over and over those sections in Odyssey, then there's nothing there. Not every literary term is going to be represented in every passage.