progenitor ship


a biologically related ancestor: a progenitor of the species.
a person or thing that first indicates a direction, originates something, or serves as a model; predecessor; precursor: the progenitor of modern painting.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin prōgenitor the founder of a family. See pro-1, genitor

progenitorial [proh-jen-i-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-] , adjective
progenitorship, noun Unabridged
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progenitor (prəʊˈdʒɛnɪtə)
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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Word Origin & History

1382, from Anglo-Fr. progenitour (1347), O.Fr. progeniteur, from L. progenitorem (nom. progenitor) "ancestor," agent noun from progenitus, pp. of progignere (see progeny).
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progenitor pro·gen·i·tor (prō-jěn'ĭ-tər)

  1. A direct ancestor.

  2. An originator of a line of descent.

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