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[fil-oh-proh-jen-i-tiv] /ˌfɪl oʊ proʊˈdʒɛn ɪ tɪv/
producing offspring, especially abundantly; prolific.
of, relating to, or characterized by love for offspring, especially one's own.
Origin of philoprogenitive
First recorded in 1860-65; philo- + progenitive
Related forms
philoprogenitiveness, noun Unabridged
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  • His own views were wide and grand, only too philoprogenitive.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • All my husbands have been of a philoprogenitive turn, and I have eight children.

  • The word "philoprogenitive" and the French phrase stopped her.


    M. Leonora Eyles
  • I recommend those who have cats with philoprogenitive proclivities, instead of drowning the kittens, to eat them.

  • Were it not for the oppression of his futile and philoprogenitive presence, imaginative writers would be poets and romancers.

    Old and New Masters Robert Lynd
  • This was to be the use to me of the lessons of the precocious, affectionate, and philoprogenitive Harkness.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for philoprogenitive


adjective (rare)
fond of children
producing many offspring
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Word Origin and History for philoprogenitive

"prolific," 1815, irregularly formed from philo- + Latin progenit-, past participle stem of progignere (see progeny). Related: Philoprogenitiveness. Important words among the phrenologists.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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