ReactJS: Where does "props" come from?

I’m currently doing the official reactJS tutorial:

I already like reactJS, although I definitely don’t understand everything thats going on yet.
One of those things is “props”. I’m familiar with OOP and I know what properties are. I also have at least some understanding about inheritance.
However, what’s setting me of is that seemingly, “props” comes out of nowhere here:

class Square extends React.Component {
  constructor(props) {
    this.state = {
      value: null,

  render() {
    return (
      <button className="square" onClick={() => alert('click')}>

Usually, when I fiddled around with OOP in Javascript, I made my classes inherit by putting the parent object into the parameter when instantiating an object, for example:

var ParentObjectInstance = new ParentObject()
var ChildObjectInstance = new ChildObject(ParentObjectInstance)

I never used the “X extends Y” syntax, which uses super inside the constructor, like in the tutorials code above.
However, after I understood what super() does (calling the parent’s constructor), I wondered where the “props” in the childs constructor parameter come from? Oo

In the whole tutorial code, no object is ever instantiated from the classes, see here:

Therefore, I wondered how the childs constructor parameter can ever be filled by anything? Oo

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