phil·​o·​pro·​gen·​i·​tive | \ ˌfi-lə-prō-ˈje-nə-tiv How to pronounce philoprogenitive (audio) \

Definition of philoprogenitive

1 : tending to produce offspring : prolific
2 : of, relating to, or characterized by love of offspring

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philoprogenitiveness noun

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Philoprogenitive (a combination of phil-, meaning "loving" or "having an affinity for," and Latin progenitus, meaning "begot" or "begotten") can refer to the production of offspring or to the loving of them. Nineteenth-century phrenologists used the word to designate the "bump" or "organ" of the brain believed to be the seat of a parent's instinctual love for his or her children. Despite the word's scientific look and sound, however, it appears, albeit not very frequently, in all types of writing - technical, literary, informal, and otherwise.

First Known Use of philoprogenitive

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for philoprogenitive

phil- + Latin progenitus, past participle of progignere to beget — more at progenitor

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“Philoprogenitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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