Definition of philoprogenitive
1 : tending to produce offspring : prolific
2 : of, relating to, or characterized by love of offspring
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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.
Origin and Etymology of philoprogenitive
phil- + Latin progenitus, past participle of progignere to beget — more at progenitor
First Known Use: 1865
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