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cosmogony

[koz-mog-uh-nee] /kɒzˈmɒg ə ni/
noun, plural cosmogonies.
1.
a theory or story of the origin and development of the universe, the solar system, or the earth-moon system.
Origin
1860-1865
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
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  • It is easy to understand how incomplete any theory of cosmogony which ignores this fact must be.
British Dictionary definitions for cosmogony

cosmogony

/kɒzˈmɒɡənɪ/
noun (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
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 cosmogony
n.

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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cosmogony in Science
cosmogony
  (kŏz-mŏg'ə-nē)   
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 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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