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pro·gen·i·tor

 (prō-jĕn′ĭ-tər)
n.
1. A direct ancestor. See Synonyms at ancestor.
2. An originator of a line of descent; a precursor.
3. An originator; a founder: progenitors of the new music.

[Middle English progenitour, from Old French progeniteur, from Latin prōgenitor, from prōgenitus, past participle of prōgignere, to beget : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + gignere, gen-, to beget; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

progenitor

(prəʊˈdʒɛnɪtə)
n
1. a direct ancestor
2. an originator or founder of a future development; precursor
[C14: from Latin: ancestor, from pro-1 + genitor parent, from gignere to beget]

pro•gen•i•tor

(proʊˈdʒɛn ɪ tər)

n.
1. a biologically related ancestor.
2. a person or thing that originates something or serves as a model; precursor.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin prōgenitor the founder of a family = prō- pro-1 + genitor father, parent (geni-, variant s. of gignere to beget + -tor -tor; c. Greek genétōr, Skt janitar-)]
pro•gen′i•tor•ship`, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.progenitor - an ancestor in the direct lineprogenitor - an ancestor in the direct line  
ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, root - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
genitor - a natural father or mother

progenitor

noun
1. ancestor, parent, forebear, forefather, begetter, procreator, primogenitor the Arabian stallions which were the progenitors of all modern thoroughbreds
2. originator, source, predecessor, precursor, forerunner, antecedent, instigator the man who is considered the progenitor of modern drama

progenitor

noun
1. A person from whom one is descended:
Archaic: predecessor.
2. One that precedes, as in time:
Translations

progenitor

[prəʊˈdʒenɪtəʳ] Nprogenitor m

progenitor

[prəʊˈdʒɛnɪtər] n
(= ancestor) → ancêtre m/f
[idea, invention] (= originator) → promoteur/trice m/f

progenitor

n (form)Vorfahr(in) m(f), → Ahn m, → Ahne f; (fig)Vorläufer m

progenitor

[prəʊˈdʒɛnɪtəʳ] n (frm) → progenitore/trice, antenato/a
References in classic literature ?
This other-self of mine is an ancestor, a progenitor of my progenitors in the early line of my race, himself the progeny of a line that long before his time developed fingers and toes and climbed up into the trees.
Not alone do I possess racial memory to an enormous extent, but I possess the memories of one particular and far-removed progenitor.
The earliest accounts I possess of my progenitors represent them as a goodly growth of the Linum Usitatissimum, divided into a thousand cotemporaneous plants, singularly well conditioned, and remarkable for an equality that renders the production valuable.
Our physicians have discovered that the small and tender sides of an infant Polygon of the higher class can be fractured, and his whole frame re-set, with such exactness that a Polygon of two or three hundred sides sometimes -- by no means always, for the process is attended with serious risk -- but sometimes overleaps two or three hundred generations, and as it were doubles at a stroke, the number of his progenitors and the nobility of his descent.
The historians of culture are quite consistent in regard to their progenitors, the writers of universal histories, for if historical events may be explained by the fact that certain persons treated one another in such and such ways, why not explain them by the fact that such and such people wrote such and such books?
This was the Lord de Vere, who, when at home, was said to spend much of his time in the burial vault of his dead progenitors, rummaging their mouldy coffins in search of all the earthly pride and vainglory that was hidden among bones and dust; so that, besides his own share, he had the collected haughtiness of his whole line of ancestry.
They are a noble-looking race, these cave men of Pellucidar, and if our progenitors were as they, the human race of the outer crust has deteriorated rather than improved with the march of the ages.
For though their progenitors, the builders of Babel, must doubtless, by their tower, have intended to rear the loftiest mast-head in all Asia, or Africa either; yet (ere the final truck was put to it) as that great stone mast of theirs may be said to have gone by the board, in the dread gale of God's wrath; therefore, we cannot give these Babel builders priority over the Egyptians.
The zany was progenitor to the specialist in humor, as
We may imagine that the early progenitor of the ostrich had habits like those of a bustard, and that as natural selection increased in successive generations the size and weight of its body, its legs were used more, and its wings less, until they became incapable of flight.
Handed down through countless ages it had come to her as a heritage and an insignia of her religious office and regal authority from some long-dead progenitor of lost and forgotten Atlantis.
But Nalasu had been famous as a great fighter, as well as having been the progenitor of three such warlike sons.