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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.
Recent Examples of progeny from the Web
Simply put: Mac figured out before almost anyone else that Steppenwolf and its progeny now need judy far more than judy needs Steppenwolf.
Some, like the Assyrians, were actively hostile to the tribes whose progeny became part of the Judeo-Christian tradition.
As tiny mutations pop up in a stallion’s Y chromosome, they are inherited by all of its future male progeny, allowing geneticists to trace which males came from which paternal line.
Like many other colonizers, the pink’s progeny established themselves and thrived.
Now, those policies and their progeny have helped put 63 percent of America's private wealth in the hands of U.S. millionaires and billionaires, BCG said.
In the years since, local boaters have taken to feeding the animals, the progeny of the original group.
The kid with the white blond locks and big, inquisitive blue eyes was central-casting-perfect to play the progeny of chilly Norwegian couple Nora and Torvald Helmer.
The teenagers here are Gwen, Julia’s lanky and still-girlish 16-year-old, and Nathan, James’s charismatic and cocky 17-year-old progeny, who are now thrust together under one roof.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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