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[koz-mog-uh-nee] /kɒzˈmɒg ə ni/
noun, plural cosmogonies.
a theory or story of the origin and development of the universe, the solar system, or the earth-moon system.
1860-65; < Greek kosmogonía creation of the world. See cosmo-, -gony
Related forms
cosmogonal, cosmogonic
[koz-muh-gon-ik] /ˌkɒz məˈgɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
cosmogonical, adjective
cosmogonist, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for cosmogonic


noun (pl) -nies
the study of the origin and development of the universe or of a particular system in the universe, such as the solar system
a theory of such an origin or evolution
Derived Forms
cosmogonal, adjective
cosmogonic (ˌkɒzməˈɡɒnɪk), cosmogonical, adjective
cosmogonist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek kosmogonia, from cosmo- + gonos creation
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Word Origin and History for cosmogonic



1690s as "a theory of the creation;" 1766 as "the creation of the universe," from Latinized form of Greek kosmogonia "creation of the world," from kosmos "world, universe" (see cosmos) + -gonia "a begetting."

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cosmogonic in Science
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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Encyclopedia Article for cosmogonic


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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