Word of the Day : June 20, 2021
progeny \PRAH-juh-nee\ noun
1 a : descendants, children
b : offspring of animals or plants
2 : outcome, product
3 : a body of followers, disciples, or successors
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Progeny is the progeny of the Latin verb prōgignere, meaning "to beget." That Latin word is itself an offspring of the prefix pro-, meaning "forth," and gignere, which can mean "to beget" or "to bring forth." Gignere has produced a large family of English descendants, including benign (meaning "mild" or "harmless"), congenital (meaning "inherent"), engine, genius, germ, indigenous, ingenuous, and malign. Gignere even paired up with pro- again to produce a close relative of progeny: the noun progenitor can mean "an ancestor in the direct line," "a biologically ancestral form," or "a precursor or originator."
Aired June 20, 2021
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