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1. The earliest ancestor.
2. An ancestor or forebear.
[Late Latin prīmōgenitor : Latin prīmō, at first (from prīmus, first; see per in Indo-European roots) + Latin genitor, begetter (from genitus, past participle of gignere, to beget; see genə- in Indo-European roots).]
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1. a forefather; ancestor
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) an earliest parent or ancestor, as of a race
[C17: alteration of progenitor after primogeniture]
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pri•mo•gen•i•tor(ˌpraɪ məˈdʒɛn ɪ tər)
[1645–55; < Late Latin prīmōgenitor ancestor = Latin prīmō at first + genitor parent]
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|Noun||1.||primogenitor - 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
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