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Noun: provenience  prow'vee-nee-un(t)s
Usage: US (elsewhere: provenance)
  1. Where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence
    "the provenience of civilization";
    - birthplace, cradle, place of origin, provenance

Derived forms: proveniences

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

Encyclopedia: Provenience