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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Prodigy


PROD'IGY, noun [Latin prodigium, from prodigo, to shoot out, drive out, properly to spread to a great extent.

1. Any thing out of the ordinary process of nature, as so extraordinary as to excite wonder or astonishment; as a prodigy of learning.

2. Something extraordinary from which omens are drawn; portent. Thus eclipses and meteors were anciently deemed prodigies.

3. A monster; an animal or other production out of the ordinary course of nature.