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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
Even my smarty-pants digital-native progeny can't quite get to the bottom of it.
Indra, according to the Rigveda, killed Vritra with a thunderbolt, unleashing streams of water, prosperity, and progeny.
There were the celebrities, too: Armie Hammer and Diane Keaton and Jessica Chastain and Kevin Love and various progeny of the Stallone, Hadid, and Jenner families.
Sometimes, however, new parents bless their A-list progeny with classic names: last year, Keri Russell and partner Matthew Rhys named their newborn son Sam, for example.
But try to pass the pile to progeny, grasping government will intervene.
Perhaps our progeny-concerned parents could even be converted into a new and coveted bloc.
Whether a male mantis actively sacrifices himself for the sake of his progeny or simply fails to dart away from the female in time remains a topic of active research.
Hewson, on the other hand, is the sophisticated, Irish-lilted progeny of one of the biggest rock stars in the world.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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