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precocious

[pri-koh-shuh s] /prɪˈkoʊ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
unusually advanced or mature in development, especially mental development:
a precocious child.
2.
prematurely developed, as the mind, faculties, etc.
3.
of or pertaining to premature development.
4.
Botany.
  1. flowering, fruiting, or ripening early, as plants or fruit.
  2. bearing blossoms before leaves, as plants.
  3. appearing before leaves, as flowers.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; Latin praecoci-, stem of praecox (see precocity) + -ous
Related forms
precociously, adverb
precociousness, noun
unprecocious, adjective
unprecociously, adverb
unprecociousness, noun
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precocious

/prɪˈkəʊʃəs/
adjective
1.
ahead in development, such as the mental development of a child
2.
(botany) (of plants, fruit, etc) flowering or ripening early
Derived Forms
precociously, adverb
precociousness, precocity (prɪˈkɒsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin praecox early maturing, from prae early + coquere to ripen
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Word Origin and History for unprecocious

precocious

adj.

1640s, "developed before the usual time" (of plants), with -ous + Latin praecox (genitive praecocis) "maturing early," from prae "before" (see pre-) + coquere "to ripen," literally "to cook" (see cook (n.)). Originally of flowers or fruits. Figurative use, of persons, dates from 1670s. Related: Precociously; precociousness.

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unprecocious in Medicine

precocious pre·co·cious (prĭ-kō'shəs)
adj.
Showing unusually early development or maturity.


pre·coc'ity (-kŏs'ĭ-tē) or pre·co'cious·ness n.
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unprecocious in Science
precocious
  (prĭ-kō'shəs)   
Relating to or having flowers that blossom before the leaves emerge. Some species of magnolias are precocious.
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