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or·i·gin

origin

 
 
pronunciation:
o r jihn [or] a r jihn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the point or place from which something comes; source.
The explorers searched for the origin of the River Nile.
synonyms:
beginning, root, source
similar words:
basis, birth, cause, derivation, foundation, mother, start
definition 2: parents or ancestors.
Nicole's family is of African origin.
similar words:
birth, blood, derivation, descent, pedigree, root, stock