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forerunner

  
  ( forerunners    plural  ) If you describe a person or thing as the forerunnerof someone or something similar, you mean they existed before them and either influenced their development or were a sign of what was going to happen.      n-count   oft N of n   (=precursor)  
...a machine which, in some respects, was the forerunner of the modern helicopter...     
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forerunner

  
1    ancestor, announcer, envoy, forebear, foregoer, harbinger, herald, precursor, predecessor, progenitor, prototype  
2    augury, foretoken, indication, omen, portent, premonition, prognostic, sign, token  

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