noun, plural prodigies.
a person, especially a child or young person, having extraordinary talent or ability: a musical prodigy.
a marvelous example (usually followed by of ).
something wonderful or marvelous; a wonder.
something abnormal or monstrous.
Archaic. something extraordinary regarded as of prophetic significance.

1425–75; late Middle English prodige < Latin prōdigium prophetic sign

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prodigy (ˈprɒdɪdʒɪ)
n , pl -gies
1.  a person, esp a child, of unusual or marvellous talents
2.  anything that is a cause of wonder and amazement
3.  something monstrous or abnormal
4.  an archaic word for omen
[C16: from Latin prōdigium an unnatural happening, from pro-1 + -igium, probably from āio I say]

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1494, "sign, portent, something extraordinary from which omens are drawn," from L. prodigium "sign, omen, portent, prodigy," from pro- "forth" + -igium, a suffix or word of unknown origin, perhaps from *agi-, root of aio "I say" (see adage). Meaning "child with exceptional
abilities" first recorded 1658.
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