An individual from whom one or more people (dynasty, tribe, nation...) are descended.
Other Word Forms of Progenitor
Origin of Progenitor
Middle English progenitour from Old French progeniteur from Latin prōgenitor from prōgenitus past participle of prōgignere to beget prō- forward pro–1 gignere gen- to beget genə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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").
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