Prod"i*gy (?), n.; pl. Prodigies (#). [ L. prodigium; pro before + (perh.) a word appearing in adagium adage: cf. F. prodige. Cf. Adage. ]


Something extraordinary, or out of the usual course of nature, from which omens are drawn; a portent; as, eclipses and meteors were anciently deemed prodigies.

So many terrors, voices, prodigies, May warn thee, as a sure foregoing sign. Milton.


Anything so extraordinary as to excite wonder or astonishment; a marvel; as, a prodigy of learning.


A production out of ordinary course of nature; an abnormal development; a monster.

B. Jonson.

Syn. -- Wonder; miracle; portent; marvel; monster.


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