cosmogony

[ koz-mog-uh-nee ]
/ kɒzˈmɒg ə ni /

noun, plural cos·mog·o·nies.

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

cos·mog·o·nal, cos·mo·gon·ic [koz-muh-gon-ik] /ˌkɒz məˈgɒn ɪk/, cos·mo·gon·i·cal, adjectivecos·mog·o·nist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cosmogonal

cosmogony

/ (kɒzˈmɒɡənɪ) /

noun plural -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, adjectivecosmogonic (ˌkɒzməˈɡɒnɪk) or cosmogonical, adjectivecosmogonist, noun

Word Origin for cosmogony

C17: from Greek kosmogonia, from cosmo- + gonos creation
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Science definitions for cosmogonal

cosmogony

[ kŏz-mŏgə-nē ]

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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