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In music: proto-disco - proto-house - proto-punk - proto-rock
Related: avant-garde - avant la lettre - to coin (verb) - early - experimental - neologism - original - precursor - roots
There is a genuine desire to know the roots and origins of the musical genres we know today. Of course, reality can often not be expressed in a tree structure with a trunk, branches and roots. Reality can more readily be expressed in a rhizome, with non-hierarchical entry and exit points. [Nov 2006]
DefinitionProto- indicates first in time, earliest, being an ancestor.
An example is prototype
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