precocious

[ pri-koh-shuh s ]
/ prɪˈkoʊ ʃəs /

adjective

unusually advanced or mature in development, especially mental development: a precocious child.
prematurely developed, as the mind, faculties, etc.
of or relating to premature development.
Botany.
  1. flowering, fruiting, or ripening early, as plants or fruit.
  2. bearing blossoms before leaves, as plants.
  3. appearing before leaves, as flowers.

Origin of precocious

1640–50; Latin praecoci-, stem of praecox (see precocity) + -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for precocious

precocious

/ (prɪˈkəʊʃəs) /

adjective

ahead in development, such as the mental development of a child
botany (of plants, fruit, etc) flowering or ripening early

Derived Forms

precociously, adverbprecociousness or precocity (prɪˈkɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for precocious

C17: from Latin praecox early maturing, from prae early + coquere to ripen
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Medicine definitions for precocious

precocious

[ prĭ-kōshəs ]

adj.

Showing unusually early development or maturity.

Related forms

pre•cocity (-kŏsĭ-tē) null n.
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Science definitions for precocious

precocious

[ prĭ-kōshəs ]

Relating to or having flowers that blossom before the leaves emerge. Some species of magnolias are precocious.
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