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philoprogenitive

[fil-oh-proh-jen-i-tiv]
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adjective
  1. producing offspring, especially abundantly; prolific.
  2. of, relating to, or characterized by love for offspring, especially one's own.
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Origin of philoprogenitive

First recorded in 1860–65; philo- + progenitive
Related formsphil·o·pro·gen·i·tive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for philoprogenitiveness

Historical Examples

  • Anybody'd think we were High Priests of—of Philoprogenitiveness!

    Herland

    Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman

  • Mrs. Stowe has their philoprogenitiveness—as phrenologists call it—as fully developed as the whites.

    The Brothers' War

    John Calvin Reed

  • It is far otherwise, and many of these gentry have the organ of philoprogenitiveness strongly developed.

    Hints to Husbands

    George Morant

  • Philoprogenitiveness is an important organ for an officer of colored troops; and I happen to be well provided with it.

  • I don't think Terry had what the phrenologists call "the lump of philoprogenitiveness" at all well developed.

    Herland

    Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman


British Dictionary definitions for philoprogenitiveness

philoprogenitive

adjective rare
  1. fond of children
  2. producing many offspring
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Word Origin and History for philoprogenitiveness

philoprogenitive

adj.

"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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