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origin

noun uk   /ˈɒr.ɪ.dʒɪn/ us    /ˈɔːr.ə-/
B2 [C] (also origins) the beginning or cause of something: It's a book about the origin of the universe. Her unhappy childhood was the origin of her problems later in life. What's the origin of this saying? (= Where did it come from?) origins [plural] used to describe the particular way in which something started to exist or someone started their life: The story has obscure origins (= no one knows how it started). The president's family was of humble origins (= they were poor people without a good position in society). C1 [U] where a person was born: He is of North African origin. What is your country of origin? B2 [U] where an object was made: The furniture was French in origin.
[C] specialized medical the end of a muscle attached to the bone that does not move when the muscle is used
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