|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
|a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.|
|1.||a primary source; derivation|
|2.||the beginning of something; first stage or part|
|3.||(often plural) ancestry or parentage; birth; extraction|
|a. the end of a muscle, opposite its point of insertion|
|b. the beginning of a nerve or blood vessel or the site where it first starts to branch out|
|a. the point of intersection of coordinate axes or planes|
|b. See also pole the point whose coordinates are all zero|
|6.||commerce the country from which a commodity or product originates: shipment from origin|
|[C16: from French origine, from Latin orīgō beginning, birth, from orīrī to rise, spring from]|
origin or·i·gin (ôr'ə-jĭn)
The point at which something comes into existence or from which it derives or is derived.
The fact of originating; rise or derivation.
The point of attachment of a muscle that remains relatively fixed during contraction.
The starting point of a cranial or spinal nerve.