Definition of progeny in US English:



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

    ‘the progeny of celebrities’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To some extent, plants may target dispersal of progeny toward favorable habitats.’
    • ‘These heifers guarantee high quality progeny that will grade well and will be sought after by the marketplace.’
    • ‘The progeny are usually sold as registered lambs or yearlings of both sexes.’
    • ‘Plants resistant to the selective antibiotic were propagated and the progeny was selected twice.’
    • ‘Chromosome counting was carried out on the 16 aberrant plants of the 1999 progeny.’
    • ‘Mr Kelly said that of particular interest for the visitors to the farm were the first time calvers and their progeny.’
    • ‘Plants for mutagenesis were the progeny of one pair of plants from this inbred population.’
    • ‘Among these viable progenies, plants with 28 chromosomes (13 ring bivalent + 1 rod bivalent) were identified.’
    • ‘When poor people lose any hope for their future, the only hope left will be invested in their progeny.’
    • ‘A clustered mutation means that two or more progeny of a family inherit the same mutation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has since made his presence felt by producing quality, easy calving progeny.’
    • ‘What fate befell their progeny in the flood remains to be seen.’
    • ‘How many fathers get thrown in jail for failing to ensure that their progeny attend school regularly?’
    • ‘The entire progeny issued from a cross on a petri dish was recovered on its lid.’
    • ‘The critical question is: How can plants determine the vigour of their 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.’
    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).