One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the generation or development of animals or living things generally; life-producing, generative.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Taylor (1758–1835), philosopher and translator. From Hellenistic Greek ζωογόνος producing animals, generative, in Byzantine Greek also life-producing (Proclus; from ancient Greek ζωή life + -γονος producing: see protogonous) + -ic.
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