One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Formerly: †= "pregnancy" (obsolete). In later use: the act of making or fact of becoming pregnant; impregnation.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in MS Hunterian 95. From Middle French pregnacion pregnancy, fertility and its etymon classical Latin praegnātiōn-, praegnātiō pregnancy from praegnāt-, praegnās pregnant + -iō.
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