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noun [countable] forerunner pronunciation in American English /ˈfɔrˌrʌnər/
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pluralforerunners
  1. 1
    an institution, custom, or thing that existed before a newer but similar thing
    forerunner of: Small country schools were forerunners of the modern public schools in most American towns.
  2. 2
    an animal or plant that existed before an animal or plant that it is related to
    Tree shrews are believed to be forerunners of monkeys.

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