One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ancestor, especially the earliest ancestor of a people; a progenitor.
forebear, ancestor, predecessor, progenitor, father, grandfather, parent, grandparentView synonyms
- ‘The primogenitor of countless domesticated breeds is the Red Junglefowl of southern Asia.’
- ‘Does it remind us of the time way back in our racial memory when our primogenitors viewed in amazement the shadows dancing on the cave walls?’
- ‘Regardless of whether Darwin is 100 percent correct and our primogenitors once walked on monkey hands, I doubt whether you'd find one person who would advocate that we deal with social problems in the same manner that baboons and chimps deal with them.’
Mid 17th century: variant of progenitor, on the pattern of primogeniture.
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