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philoprogenitive

PRONUNCIATION:
(fi-luh-pro-JEN-uh-tiv)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Having many offspring; prolific.
2. Relating to the love for one's offspring.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek philo- (loving) + Latin progenitive (producing offspring), from pro- (toward) + past participle of gignere (to beget). Earliest documented use: 1842

USAGE:
"The government draws the poverty line according to family size and age. For a single person under 65 years, it's an annual income of less than $5,701. For a couple over 65, poverty means income below $6,630. For a married couple with two children, it's an income under $11,113. For philoprogenitive families with nine or more members, the threshold rises to $21,185."
Louis S. Richman & Edward Prewitt; The Economy; Fortune (New York); Aug 29, 1988.

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