One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1That occurs or is manifested suddenly, spontaneously, or in haste; sudden, hasty, unexpected.
2Zoology. Of an egg (of certain invertebrates): hatching very soon after being laid, without a period of dormancy. Also: reproducing in this manner; designating or relating to such reproduction.
Mid 17th century. From classical Latin subitāneus sudden (from subitus + -āneus: see -aneous) + -ous.
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