progenitor

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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).

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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.
  5. (figuratively) Someone who originates something.
  6. A founder

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From pro- +‎ genitor.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

prōgenitor m (genitive prōgenitōris); third declension

  1. (rare) ancestor, progenitor

Declension[edit]

Third declension.

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

References[edit]

  • progenitor in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

progenitor m (plural progenitores, feminine progenitora)

  1. progenitor