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progenitor

pro·gen·i·tor

progenitor

 
 
pronunciation:
pro je nih tr
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an ancestor or forebear.
Portraits of the duke's progenitors hung on the walls of the large drawing room.
synonyms:
ancestor, forebear, parent
similar words:
antecedent, father, forefather, forerunner, precursor, predecessor, primogenitor
definition 2: an originator of or model for something; precursor.
synonyms:
ancestor, precursor
similar words:
archetype, father, first, original, primogenitor, prototype