Definition of progeny in English:



  • treated as singular or plural A descendant or the descendants of a person, animal, or plant; offspring.

    ‘shorthorn cattle are highly effective in bestowing their characteristics on their progeny’
    • ‘Chromosome counting was carried out on the 16 aberrant plants of the 1999 progeny.’
    • ‘What fate befell their progeny in the flood remains to be seen.’
    • ‘When poor people lose any hope for their future, the only hope left will be invested in their progeny.’
    • ‘Among these viable progenies, plants with 28 chromosomes (13 ring bivalent + 1 rod bivalent) were identified.’
    • ‘They will know that the progeny of these dogs is absolutely genuine and that there is no falsifying of records.’
    • ‘It is clear that the measure of damages arises from the animal itself, not from its future progeny.’
    • ‘The definitions are more relevant to plants, since our phenotyped progenies may commonly be as far as six or seven generations from their parents.’
    • ‘Plants for mutagenesis were the progeny of one pair of plants from this inbred population.’
    • ‘The critical question is: How can plants determine the vigour of their progeny?’
    • ‘These heifers guarantee high quality progeny that will grade well and will be sought after by the marketplace.’
    • ‘While performing this experiment, we discovered almost a hundred sources of male sterile cytoplasm, which were distinguished by their overwhelming frequency of male sterile plants in segregating test progenies.’
    • ‘A clustered mutation means that two or more progeny of a family inherit the same mutation.’
    • ‘How many fathers get thrown in jail for failing to ensure that their progeny attend school regularly?’
    • ‘The owner can also look forward to years of income from stud fees, at least until it is discovered whether the progeny can run as well as the father.’
    • ‘He has since made his presence felt by producing quality, easy calving progeny.’
    • ‘To some extent, plants may target dispersal of progeny toward favorable habitats.’
    • ‘The entire progeny issued from a cross on a petri dish was recovered on its lid.’
    • ‘Plants resistant to the selective antibiotic were propagated and the progeny was selected twice.’
    • ‘Mr Kelly said that of particular interest for the visitors to the farm were the first time calvers and their progeny.’
    • ‘The progeny are usually sold as registered lambs or yearlings of both sexes.’
    offspring, children, young, family, brood
    descendants, successors, heirs, stock, scions, lineage
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Middle English: from Old French progenie, from Latin progenies, from progignere ‘beget’ (see progenitor).