progeny

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noun prog·e·ny \ˈprä-jə-nē\

Definition of progeny

plural

progenies

  1. 1a :  descendants, childrenb :  offspring of animals or plants

  2. 2 :  outcome, product

  3. 3 :  a body of followers, disciples, or successors

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Examples of progeny in a Sentence

  1. Many Americans are the progeny of immigrants.

  2. The small plants are the progeny of an oak tree.

  3. Their work is the progeny of many earlier studies.

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The Lineage of progeny

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

Other Genetics Terms


PROGENY Defined for English Language Learners

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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

progeny

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noun prog·e·ny \ˈprä-jə-nē\

Definition of progeny for Students

plural

progenies

  1. :  human descendants or animal offspring


Medical Dictionary

progeny

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noun prog·e·ny \ˈpräj-(ə-)nē\

Medical Definition of progeny

plural

progenies

  1. :  offspring of animals or plants



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