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 philoprogenitiveness

Historical Examples of philoprogenitiveness

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


    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.


    Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman

British Dictionary definitions for philoprogenitiveness


adjective rare

fond of children
producing many offspring
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Word Origin and History for philoprogenitiveness



"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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