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[koz-mog-uh-nee] /kɒzˈmɒg ə ni/
noun, plural cosmogonies.
a theory or story of the origin and development of the universe, the solar system, or the earth-moon system.
Origin of cosmogony
First recorded in 1860-65, cosmogony is from the Greek word kosmogonía creation of the world. See cosmo-, -gony
Related forms
cosmogonal, cosmogonic
[koz-muh-gon-ik] /ˌkɒz məˈgɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
cosmogonical, adjective
cosmogonist, noun Unabridged
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noun (pl) -nies
the study of the origin and development of the universe or of a particular system in the universe, such as the solar system
a theory of such an origin or evolution
Derived Forms
cosmogonal, adjective
cosmogonic (ˌkɒzməˈɡɒnɪk), cosmogonical, adjective
cosmogonist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek kosmogonia, from cosmo- + gonos creation
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Word Origin and History for cosmogonic



1690s as "a theory of the creation;" 1766 as "the creation of the universe," from Latinized form of Greek kosmogonia "creation of the world," from kosmos "world, universe" (see cosmos) + -gonia "a begetting."

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cosmogonic in Science
The branch of cosmology that studies the origin of the universe and the larger objects found within it, such as the solar system.
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