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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.]
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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]
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pro•gen•i•tor(proʊˈdʒɛn ɪ tər)
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-)]
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|Noun||1.||progenitor - 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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1. ancestor, parent, forebear, forefather, begetter, procreator, primogenitor the Arabian stallions which were the progenitors of all modern thoroughbreds
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1. A person from whom one is descended:
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progenitor[prəʊˈdʒenɪtəʳ] N → progenitor m
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(= ancestor) → ancêtre m/f
[idea, invention] (= originator) → promoteur/trice m/f
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progenitor[prəʊˈdʒɛnɪtəʳ] n (frm) → progenitore/trice, antenato/a
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