Hypertext Webster Gateway: "progenitor"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

And reverence thee their great progenitor. --Milton.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : an ancestor in the direct line [syn: {primogenitor}]

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