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precursor
used in Light in August

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Definition
an indication of (or contributing factor to) something to come

or in chemistry:  a substance from which another substance is formed — especially by a metabolic reaction
  • And Hightower leans there in the window, in the August heat, oblivious of the odor in which he lives—that smell of people who no longer live in life: that odor of overplump desiccation and stale linen as though a precursor of the tomb—listening to the feet which he seems to hear still long after he knows that he cannot, thinking, 'God bless him, God help him'; thinking To be young.
    Chapter 13 (97% in)

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