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Examples of progeny in a sentence
Many Americans are the progeny of immigrants.
The small plants are the progeny of an oak tree.
Their work is the progeny of many earlier studies.
Did You Know?
Progeny is the progeny of the Latin verb progignere, meaning "to beget." That Latin word is itself an offspring of the prefix pro-, meaning "forth," and gignere, which can mean "to beget" or "to bring forth." Gignere has produced a large family of English descendants, including benign (meaning "mild" or "harmless"), congenital (meaning "inherent"), engine, genius, germ, indigenous, ingenuous, and malign. Gignere even paired up with pro- again to produce a close relative of progeny: the noun progenitor, which can mean "an ancestor in the direct line," "a biologically ancestral form," or "a precursor or originator."
Origin and Etymology of progeny
Middle English progenie, from Anglo-French, from Latin progenies, from progignere
First Known Use: 14th century
PROGENY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of progeny for English Language Learners
: a person who comes from a particular parent or family : the child or descendant of someone
: the young of an animal or plant
: something that is the product of something else
PROGENY Defined for Kids
Definition of progeny for Students
: human descendants or animal offspring
Medical Definition of progeny
: offspring of animals or plants
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