progenitor

Part of speech: noun

A forefather or parent.

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Usage examples "progenitor":

  1. Quawteaht, is a great personage in Indian mythology, a beneficent being, and considered by many to be the progenitor of their race. - "Indian Legends of Vancouver Island", Alfred Carmichael.
  2. Las Casas himself may be reasonably assumed to have known his own father’ s name and we must conclude, in view of his assertion, that all other authorities, including the Royal College of Heralds, are wrong, and that not Francisco, but a Pedro de Las Casas, who was not however Dean of Seville, was the immediate progenitor of the illustrious Bishop of Chiapa. - "Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and writings", Francis Augustus MacNutt.
  3. Did not Alfred himself claim him as his primeval progenitor, the founder of our race? - "The Old English Herbals", Eleanour Sinclair Rohde.