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cosmogony

[koz-mog-uh-nee]
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noun, plural cos·mog·o·nies.
  1. a theory or story of the origin and development of the universe, the solar system, or the earth-moon system.
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Origin of cosmogony

First recorded in 1860–65, cosmogony is from the Greek word kosmogonía creation of the world. See cosmo-, -gony
Related formscos·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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Examples from the Web for cosmogony

Historical Examples

  • The "origin of things" is the history of the Creation of the world, Cosmogony.

    Chaldea

    Znade A. Ragozin

  • With it ends the series treating of the Cosmogony or Beginnings of the World.

    Chaldea

    Znade A. Ragozin

  • And did he not talk a long string of learning about Greek and cosmogony, and the world?'

    The Vicar of Wakefield

    Oliver Goldsmith

  • It was common sense that inspired Ptolemy's theory of cosmogony.

    The Servant Problem

    Robert F. Young

  • They very nearly failed to assimilate the Copernican cosmogony.


British Dictionary definitions for cosmogony

cosmogony

noun plural -nies
  1. the study of the origin and development of the universe or of a particular system in the universe, such as the solar system
  2. a theory of such an origin or evolution
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Derived Formscosmogonal, adjectivecosmogonic (ˌkɒzməˈɡɒnɪk) or cosmogonical, adjectivecosmogonist, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Greek kosmogonia, from cosmo- + gonos creation
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Word Origin and History for cosmogony

n.

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cosmogony in Science

cosmogony

[kŏz-mŏgə-nē]
  1. 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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