- a theory or story of the origin and development of the universe, the solar system, or the earth-moon system.
Origin of cosmogony
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- 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
C17: from Greek kosmogonia, from cosmo- + gonos creation
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Word Origin and History for cosmogonal
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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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