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philoprogenitive

[fil-oh-proh-jen-i-tiv] /ˌfɪl oʊ proʊˈdʒɛn ɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
producing offspring, especially abundantly; prolific.
2.
of, relating to, or characterized by love for offspring, especially one's own.
Origin of philoprogenitive
1860-1865
1860-65; philo- + progenitive
Related forms
philoprogenitiveness, noun
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  • philoprogenitiveness, or love of children—the Hindoos, Negroes, and Charibs.

  • It is far otherwise, and many of these gentry have the organ of philoprogenitiveness strongly developed.

    Hints to Husbands George Morant
  • Anybody'd think we were High Priests of—of philoprogenitiveness!

    Herland Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
  • philoprogenitiveness is an important organ for an officer of colored troops; and I happen to be well provided with it.

  • I don't think Terry had what the phrenologists call "the lump of philoprogenitiveness" at all well developed.

    Herland Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
  • These rejected essays and tales were my children, and the embarrassing number of them did not curb my philoprogenitiveness.

  • Schopenhauer's instinct of philoprogenitiveness has to-day become an article of faith with the learned and unlearned.

  • Schopenhauer's "instinct of philoprogenitiveness" has to-day become an article of faith with the learned and the unlearned.

  • Mrs. Stowe has their philoprogenitiveness—as phrenologists call it—as fully developed as the whites.

    The Brothers' War John Calvin Reed
British Dictionary definitions for philoprogenitiveness

philoprogenitive

/ˌfɪləʊprəʊˈdʒɛnɪtɪv/
adjective (rare)
1.
fond of children
2.
producing many offspring
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Word Origin and History for philoprogenitiveness

philoprogenitive

adj.

"prolific," 1815, irregularly formed from philo- + Latin progenit-, past participle stem of progignere (see progeny). Related: Philoprogenitiveness. Important words among the phrenologists.

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