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progenitor
used in The House of the Seven Gables

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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 a very long period after the witchcraft delusion, however, the Maules had continued to inhabit the town where their progenitor had suffered so unjust a death.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (81% in)
  • To the thoughtful mind there will be no tinge of superstition in what we figuratively express, by affirming that the ghost of a dead progenitor—perhaps as a portion of his own punishment—is often doomed to become the Evil Genius of his family.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (67% in)
  • The chicken, hereupon, though almost as venerable in appearance as its mother—possessing, indeed, the whole antiquity of its progenitors in miniature,—mustered vivacity enough to flutter upward and alight on Phoebe's shoulder.
    Chapter 6 — Maule's Well (36% in)
  • The fantasy would not quit her, that the original Puritan, of whom she had heard so many sombre traditions,—the progenitor of the whole race of New England Pyncheons, the founder of the House of the Seven Gables, and who had died so strangely in it,—had now stept into the shop.
    Chapter 8 — The Pyncheon of To-day (30% in)
  • They probably embodied the traditionary peculiarities of their whole line of progenitors, derived through an unbroken succession of eggs; or else this individual Chanticleer and his two wives had grown to be humorists, and a little crack-brained withal, on account of their solitary way of life, and out of sympathy for Hepzibah, their lady-patroness.
    Chapter 10 — The Pyncheon Garden (46% in)

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