I used the word in a conversation today (and had to look it up to make sure I was using it correctly — I was, of course). Then I heard it in an NPR podcast. Two’s the limit, now it has to be a blog post. So, here’s the def:

1. A direct ancestor. See synonyms at ancestor.
2. An originator of a line of descent; a precursor.
3. An originator; a founder: progenitors of the new music.

Happy speaking…


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