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 for parent
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  parent \par"ent\ (p[^a]r"ent or p[=a]r"ent; 277), n. [L. parens,
     -entis; akin to parere to bring forth; cf. Gr. porei^n to
     give, beget: cf. F. parent. Cf. Part.]
     1. One who begets, or brings forth, offspring; a father or a
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              Children, obey your parents in the Lord. --Eph. vi.
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     2. That which produces; cause; source; author; begetter; as,
        idleness is the parent of vice.
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              Regular industry is the parent of sobriety.
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     Parent cell. (Biol.) See Mother cell, under Mother,
        also Cytula.
     Parent nucleus (Biol.), a nucleus which, in cell division,
        divides, and gives rise to two or more daughter nuclei.
        See Karyokinesis, and Cell division, under Division.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth
           to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the
           role of guardian [ant: child, kid]
      2: an organism (plant or animal) from which younger ones are
      v 1: bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children" [syn:
           rear, raise, bring up, nurture, parent]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  51 Moby Thesaurus words for "parent":
     agent, ancestor, ancestorial, ancestral, ancestress, author,
     begetter, beginner, catalyst, causer, creator, effector,
     engenderer, father, fatherlike, fatherly, generator, grandfatherly,
     grandmotherly, grandparent, grandparental, guardian, inspirer,
     instigator, maker, mater, materfamilias, maternal, mother,
     motherlike, motherly, mover, origin, originator, parental, pater,
     paterfamilias, paternal, patriarchal, prime mover, primum mobile,
     procreator, producer, progenitor, progenitress, progenitrix, root,
     sire, source, stepfather, stepmother

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      The ancestor node in a tree that
     points to the current node (one of its child nodes).

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