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prodigious

PRONUNCIATION:
(pruh-DIJ-uhs)

MEANING:
adjective
1. Remarkable in size, quantity, strength, etc.
2. Marvelous.
3. Abnormal; monstrous.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin prodigiosus (marvelous, portentous), from prodigium (portent). Earliest documented use: around 1487.

USAGE:
"Kurtley Beale just cannot wait to display his prodigious talents at his first World Cup."
Beale Anxious to Parade Prodigious Talents in First; The Star (Malaysia); Sep 3, 2011.

"The rodents have prodigious appetites and ability to multiply."
Deerslayers; Houston Chronicle (Texas); Feb 4, 2010.

See more usage examples of prodigious in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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