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progeny

[proj-uh-nee] /ˈprɒdʒ ə ni/
noun, plural progeny or, for plants or animals progenies.
1.
a descendant or offspring, as a child, plant, or animal.
2.
such descendants or offspring collectively.
3.
something that originates or results from something else; outcome; issue.
Origin of progeny
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English progenie < Middle French < Latin prōgeniēs offspring, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + gen-, base of gignere to beget (akin to kin) + -iēs feminine noun suffix
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  • Her instinctive fear of the father of her progeny was toning down.

    White Fang Jack London
  • progeny of good quality grow up, so to speak, by themselves.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • These he mates, and from their progeny he selects the ones that suit him best.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • It would be out of fashion—Danny's progeny have taken care of that.

  • In motive and method it is not business, it is different from trade; for it is a progeny of pity.

British Dictionary definitions for progeny

progeny

/ˈprɒdʒɪnɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
the immediate descendant or descendants of a person, animal, etc
2.
a result or outcome
Word Origin
C13: from Latin prōgeniēs lineage; see progenitor
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Word Origin and History for progeny
n.

early 14c., from Old French progenie (13c.) and directly from Latin progenies "descendants, offspring, lineage, race, family," from stem of progignere "beget," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + gignere "to produce, beget" (see genus).

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progeny in Medicine

progeny prog·e·ny (prŏj'ə-nē)
n. pl. progeny or prog·e·nies

  1. One born of, begotten by, or derived from another; an offspring or a descendant.

  2. Offspring or descendants considered as a group.

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