Definition for PROD'I-GY

PROD'I-GY, n. [L. 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, and so extraordinary as to excite wonder or astonishment; as, a prodigy of learning. – Spectator.
  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. – B. Jonson.

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