progenitorial /proh jen'i tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, adj.progenitorship, n.
/proh jen"i teuhr/, n.
1. a biologically related ancestor: a progenitor of the species.
2. 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; ME < L progenitor the founder of a family. See PRO-1, GENITOR]

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  • Progenitor — Pro*gen i*tor, n. [OF. progeniteur, L. progenitor, fr. progignere, progenitum, to bring forth, to beget; pro forth + gignere to beget. See {Gender} kind.] An ancestor in the direct line; a forefather. [1913 Webster] And reverence thee their great …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • progenitor — PROGENITÓR s. m. (biol.) strămoş, străbun. (< engl., lat. progenitor) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • progenitor — late 14c., from Anglo Fr. progenitour (mid 14c.), O.Fr. progeniteur, from L. progenitorem (nom. progenitor) ancestor, agent noun from progenitus, pp. of progignere (see PROGENY (Cf. progeny)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • progenitor — progenitor, ra (Del lat. progenĭtor, ōris). 1. m. y f. Pariente en línea recta ascendente de una persona. 2. m. pl. El padre y la madre …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • progenitor — 1. padre o antepasado. 2. alguien o algo que origina o precede; precursor. Diccionario Mosby Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, Ediciones Hancourt, S.A. 1999 …   Diccionario médico

  • progenitor — I noun ancestor, antecedent, antecessor, begettor, forebear, forefather, foregoer, forerunner, genitor, origin, parens, parent, precursor, predecessor, primogenitor, procreator, sire, source II index ancestor, ascendant, derivation …   Law dictionary

  • progenitor — |ô| s. m. 1. Ascendente; procriador, pai. • progenitores s. m. pl. 2. Pais, avós, antepassados …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • progenitor — *ancestor, forefather, forebear Antonyms: progeny …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • progenitor — ► NOUN 1) an ancestor or parent. 2) the originator of an artistic, political, or intellectual movement. DERIVATIVES progenitorial adjective. ORIGIN Latin, from progignere beget …   English terms dictionary

  • progenitor — [prō jen′ə tər, prəjen′ə tər; prō jen′ətôr΄, prə jen′ətôr΄] n. [ME progenitour < MFr progeniteur < pp. of progignere, to beget < pro , forth + gignere, to beget: see PRO 2 & GENUS] 1. a forefather; ancestor in direct line 2. a source… …   English World dictionary

  • progenitor — (Del lat. progignere , engendrar.) ► sustantivo 1 Pariente en línea recta ascendente de una persona. ► sustantivo masculino plural 2 El padre y la madre de una persona: ■ sus progenitores le ayudaron a realizar sus sueños. SINÓNIMO [padres] * * * …   Enciclopedia Universal

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