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Thursday, October 14, 1999

Definitions for precocious

  1. Characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude); as, "a precocious child"; "a precocious achievement."
  2. (Botany) Flowering or fruiting early.

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Citations for precocious
He showed a precocious talent in the creation of shadow puppets. James F. O'Gorman, Accomplished in All Departments of Art: Hammatt Billings of Boston, 1818-1874
He quickly acquired a grandiose and precocious vocabulary. Christopher Phelps, Young Sidney Hook: Marxist and Pragmatist
Origin of precocious
1640-1650
Precocious is from Latin praecox, praecocis, ripe before the time, premature, cooked beforehand, from praecoquo, praecoquere, to cook in advance, from prae-, before + coquo, coquere, to cook, to ripen.