Meaning of PROGENITOR in English
n. 1 progenitrix, ancestor, forefather, forebear They regarded the snake god as the progenitor of the human race 2 predecessor, forerunner, precursor, antecedent, foregoer, source, originator; origin, original, prototype, archetype, pattern, guide The ancient philosophers were progenitors of many modern ideas Some regard da Vinci's designs as the progenitors of some of today's machines.
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