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 formsphil·o·pro·gen·i·tive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for philoprogenitive

Historical Examples of philoprogenitive

  • 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.

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.

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