cosmogony

[koz-mog-uh-nee]
noun, plural cosmogonies.
a theory or story of the origin and development of the universe, the solar system, or the earth-moon system.

Origin:
1860–65; < Greek kosmogonía creation of the world. See cosmo-, -gony

cosmogonal, cosmogonic [koz-muh-gon-ik] , cosmogonical, adjective
cosmogonist, noun
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cosmogony (kɒzˈmɒɡənɪ)
 
n , pl -nies
1.  the study of the origin and development of the universe or of a particular system in the universe, such as the solar system
2.  a theory of such an origin or evolution
 
[C17: from Greek kosmogonia, from cosmo- + gonos creation]
 
cos'mogonal
 
adj
 
cosmogonic
 
adj
 
cosmo'gonical
 
adj
 
cos'mogonist
 
n

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cosmogony
1690s as "a theory of the creation;" 1766 as "the creation of the universe," from Gk. kosmogonia "creation of the world," from kosmos "world, universe" (see cosmos) + -gonia "a begetting."
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cosmogony   (kŏz-mŏg'ə-nē)  Pronunciation Key 
The branch of cosmology that studies the origin of the universe and the larger objects found within it, such as the solar system.
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cosmogony

in astronomy, study of the evolutionary behaviour of the universe and the origin of its characteristic features. For scientific theories on the unsolved problem of the origin of the solar system, see planetesimal; protoplanet; solar nebula. For an outline of the development of astronomical ideas regarding the structure of the universe, see cosmology; for theories on the origin of the universe, see big-bang model; steady-state theory

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