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progenitor
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
a direct ancestor (parent, grandparent, great grandparent, etc.)

or:

a predecessor, precursor, or early model of something

or:

someone who creates something
  • For though their progenitors, the builders of Babel, must doubtless, by their tower, have intended to rear the loftiest mast-head in all Asia, or Africa either; yet (ere the final truck was put to it) as that great stone mast of theirs may be said to have gone by the board, in the dread gale of God's wrath; therefore, we cannot give these Babel builders priority over the Egyptians.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (31% in)

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