Definition of progeny in English:



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

    ‘the progeny of celebrities’
    • ‘What fate befell their progeny in the flood remains to be seen.’
    • ‘To some extent, plants may target dispersal of progeny toward favorable habitats.’
    • ‘He has since made his presence felt by producing quality, easy calving progeny.’
    • ‘How many fathers get thrown in jail for failing to ensure that their progeny attend school regularly?’
    • ‘Mr Kelly said that of particular interest for the visitors to the farm were the first time calvers and their progeny.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The entire progeny issued from a cross on a petri dish was recovered on its lid.’
    • ‘Chromosome counting was carried out on the 16 aberrant plants of the 1999 progeny.’
    • ‘When poor people lose any hope for their future, the only hope left will be invested in their progeny.’
    • ‘It is clear that the measure of damages arises from the animal itself, not from its future progeny.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They will know that the progeny of these dogs is absolutely genuine and that there is no falsifying of records.’
    • ‘The progeny are usually sold as registered lambs or yearlings of both sexes.’
    • ‘Among these viable progenies, plants with 28 chromosomes (13 ring bivalent + 1 rod bivalent) were identified.’
    • ‘Plants resistant to the selective antibiotic were propagated and the progeny was selected twice.’
    • ‘The definitions are more relevant to plants, since our phenotyped progenies may commonly be as far as six or seven generations from their parents.’
    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).