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A.Word.A.Day--progenitorPronunciation: WAV or RealAudio
progenitor (pro-JEN-i-tuhr) noun
1. A direct ancestor.
2. An originator of a line of descent; a precursor.
3. An originator; a founder.
[Middle English progenitour, from Old French progeniteur, from Latin progenitor, from progenitus, past participle of progignere, to beget : pro-, forward. + gignere, gen-, to beget.]
"By treason, falsehood and by treachery, Our great progenitors had conquered?" Shakespeare, William, King Henry VI, Part I: Act V, Scene IV.
This week's theme: words about relations.
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