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precursor

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1 one that announces or indicates the later arrival of another

  • 18th-century lyric poets like Robert Burns were precursors of the Romantics
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2 something belonging to an earlier time from which something else was later developed

  • a precursor of the modern eggplant
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forerunner, precursor, harbinger, herald mean one that goes before or announces the coming of another. forerunner is applicable to anything that serves as a sign or presage.
    • the blockade was the forerunner of war
precursor applies to a person or thing paving the way for the success or accomplishment of another.
    • 18th century poets like Burns were precursors of the Romantics
harbinger and herald both apply, chiefly figuratively, to one that proclaims or announces the coming or arrival of a notable event.
    • their early victory was the harbinger of a winning season
    • the herald of a new age in medicine


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