Meaning of progenitor

pro•gen•i•tor

Pronunciation: (prō-jen'i-tur), [key]
— 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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