- prodigal son,
- prodromal stage
Origin of prodigious
Examples from the Web for prodigious
No biography of Jack Nicholson could long skirt the issue of his prodigious appetites.Jack Nicholson Deserves a Better Biography Than This|Christopher Bray|October 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Indeed, after going to his reward, he has been publishing at a prodigious pace.The Man with the President’s Ear, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and JFK|Ted Widmer|October 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Couple with its prodigious online presence, it has become a global brand to be reckoned with.Best Business Longreads for the Week of October 5, 2013|William O’Connor|October 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He knows better than anyone the law of carnage and its prodigious repetitions in our time.
That would be quite a bombshell indeed—not to mention a prodigious technical feat.A Geek’s Guide to the NSA Scandal: What You May Not Know About Data Collection|Charles Johnson|June 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
His name was Arrogante, and he was an animal of prodigious power.Minnie's Pet Dog|Madeline Leslie
The influence of Art on human culture and happiness is prodigious.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I|John Lord
She flapped her wings with prodigious effect—so—so—and, as for her crow, it was delicious!The Works of Edgar Allan Poe|Edgar Allan Poe
By an imperceptible motion of his wings he maintains this prodigious height without fatigue.Reptiles and Birds|Louis Figuier
The interest excited by the extreme beauty of these figures is increased by our certainty of their prodigious antiquity.A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2)|Georges Perrot
Word Origin for prodigious
1550s, "ominous," from Middle French prodigieux and directly from Latin prodigiosus "strange, wonderful, marvelous, unnatural," from prodigium (see prodigy). Meaning "vast, enormous" is from c.1600. Related: Prodigiously; prodigiosity.