One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The begetting of offspring; procreation, reproduction.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Nicholas Udall (1504–1556), schoolmaster and playwright. From classical Latin prōgenerātiōn-, prōgenerātiō propagation from prōgenerāt-, past participial stem of prōgenerāre + -iō -ion.
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