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pri·mo·gen·i·ture  audio  (prm-jn-chr) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. The state of being the first-born or eldest child of the same parents.
  2. Law The right of the eldest child, especially the eldest son, to inherit the entire estate of one or both parents.

ETYMOLOGY:
Late Latin prmgenitra : Latin prm, at first (from prmus, first; see per1 in Indo-European roots) + Latin genitra, birth (from genitus, past participle of gignere, to beget; see gen- in Indo-European roots)

OTHER FORMS:
primo·geni·tary  (-jn-tr) KEY  or primo·geni·tal  (-tl) KEY (Adjective)


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