philoprogenitive

adjective
phil·​o·​pro·​gen·​i·​tive | \ˌfi-lə-prō-ˈje-nə-tiv \

Definition of philoprogenitive 

1 : tending to produce offspring : prolific

2 : of, relating to, or characterized by love of offspring

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from philoprogenitive

philoprogenitiveness noun

Did You Know?

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about philoprogenitive

Share philoprogenitive

Listen to Our Podcast about philoprogenitive

Statistics for philoprogenitive

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for philoprogenitive

The first known use of philoprogenitive was in 1842

See more words from the same year

Comments on philoprogenitive

What made you want to look up philoprogenitive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

something that serves to warn or remind

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!