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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English, from Middle French progeniteur (Modern French progéniteur), from Latin progenitor, from progenitus, perfect participle of progignere (to beget), itself from pro- (forth) + gignere (to beget).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɹəʊˈdʒɛn.ɪ.tə/, /pɹəˈdʒɛn.ə.tə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /pɹoʊˈdʒɛn.ɪ.tɚ/, /pɹəˈdʒɛn.ə.tɚ/

NounEdit

progenitor (plural progenitors)

  1. A forefather, any of a person's direct ancestors.
  2. An individual from whom one or more people (dynasty, tribe, nation...) are descended.
    Abraham alias Ibrahim is the progenitor of both the Jewish and Arab peoples.
  3. (biology) An ancestral form of a species
  4. (figuratively) A predecessor of something, especially if also a precursor or model.
    ARPANET was the progenitor of the Internet.
    Are neural progenitor cells infected by Zika virus?
  5. (figuratively) Someone who originates something.
  6. A founder.

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EtymologyEdit

From pro- +‎ genitor.

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NounEdit

prōgenitor m (genitive prōgenitōris); third declension

  1. (rare) ancestor, progenitor

DeclensionEdit

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative prōgenitor prōgenitōrēs
genitive prōgenitōris prōgenitōrum
dative prōgenitōrī prōgenitōribus
accusative prōgenitōrem prōgenitōrēs
ablative prōgenitōre prōgenitōribus
vocative prōgenitor prōgenitōrēs

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progenitor m (plural progenitores, feminine progenitora, feminine plural progenitoras)

  1. progenitor (any of a person’s direct ancestors)
  2. (figuratively) progenitor (a predecessor of something)

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NounEdit

progenitor m (plural progenitores, feminine progenitora, feminine plural progenitoras)

  1. progenitor