progenitor


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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 ?
For a very long period after the witchcraft delusion, however, the Maules had continued to inhabit the town where their progenitor had suffered so unjust a death.
You are sure that your English progenitor was great, Dickon, whatever his profession might have been?
In one section grew the plant man, in another a sixteen-legged worm, in the third the progenitor of the white ape and in the fourth the primaeval black man of Barsoom.
Notre-Dame de Paris has not, like the Abbey of Tournus, the grave and massive frame, the large and round vault, the glacial bareness, the majestic simplicity of the edifices which have the rounded arch for their progenitor.
As the purpose of this remarkable avenue dawned upon me I could not but admire the native shrewdness of the ancient progenitor of the Mezops who hit upon this novel plan to throw his enemies from his track and delay or thwart them in their attempts to follow him to his deep-buried cities.
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.
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.
But Nalasu had been famous as a great fighter, as well as having been the progenitor of three such warlike sons.
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.
They were a morose and peevish band at best, though here and there were those among them in whom germinated the primal seeds of humanity--reversions to type, these, doubtless; reversions to the ancient progenitor who took the first step out of ape-hood toward humanness, when he walked more often upon his hind feet and discovered other things for idle hands to do.
His blood boiled with honest British exultation, as he saw the name of Osborne ennobled in the person of his son, and thought that he might be the progenitor of a glorious line of baronets.
Well,' continued his progenitor, looking round him very cautiously, 'you and I'll go, punctiwal to the time.