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Noun: provenance  pró-vu-nun(t)s
Usage: Brit, Cdn (US: provenience)
  1. Where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence
    "the provenance of civilization";
    - birthplace, cradle, place of origin, provenience [US]

Derived forms: provenances

Type of: beginning, origin, root, rootage, source

Encyclopedia: Provenance