An origin is a start. You could say that the origin of yoga was in India, since that's where the practice began, or that the origin of the strawberries in the market is Mexico, since they were grown there.

If your best friend asks you about the origin of your fear of mariachi bands, it means that she wants to know where your phobia came from. Your ancestry is another kind of origin — you might mention your Eastern European origin if that's where your ancestors came from. The root, start, or birth of something is its origin. The origin of the word origin is the Latin word originem, meaning "rise, beginning, or source."

Definitions of origin
  1. noun
    the place where something begins, where it springs into being
    “Jupiter was the origin of the radiation”
    synonyms: beginning, root, rootage, source
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    the source or origin from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues)
    a point at which water issues forth
    fountainhead, head, headspring
    the source of water from which a stream arises
    the source of a river
    wellhead, wellspring
    the source of water for a well
    jumping-off place, point of departure
    a place from which an enterprise or expedition is launched
    birthplace, cradle, place of origin, provenance, provenience
    where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence
    place where something began and flourished
    point source
    a concentrated source (especially of radiation or pollution) that is spatially constricted
    trail head, trailhead
    the beginning of a trail
    type of:
    the precise location of something; a spatially limited location
  2. noun
    an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
    synonyms: inception, origination
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    the origin of some development
    events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something
    overture, preliminary, prelude, prologue
    something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows
    emanation, procession, rise
    (theology) the origination of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
    a preceding occurrence or cause or event
    aetiology, etiology
    the cause of a disease
    anything that contributes causally to a result
    something that produces
    an event capable of causing a mutation
    type of:
    the event consisting of the start of something
  3. noun
    the source of something's existence or from which it derives or is derived
    “the rumor had its origin in idle gossip”
    “vegetable origins
    “mineral origin
    origin in sensation”
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    (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system
  4. noun
    properties attributable to your ancestry
    “he comes from good origins
    synonyms: descent, extraction
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    full blood
    descent from parents both of one pure breed
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    ancestry, derivation, filiation, lineage
    inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline
  5. noun
    the descendants of one individual
    synonyms: ancestry, blood, blood line, bloodline, descent, line, line of descent, lineage, parentage, pedigree, stemma, stock
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    family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, sept
    people descended from a common ancestor
    a family line of descent
    members of a family line
    the people of your home locality (especially your own family)
    aristocratic family line
    a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
    gens, name
    family based on male descent
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    family tree, genealogy
    successive generations of kin
  6. noun
    the point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero
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    a point or set of points common to two or more geometric configurations
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