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From prō- (fore-) +‎ aiō (say); compare and contrast with adagiō, later adagium, more likely of different formation.



prōdigium n (genitive prōdigiī or prōdigī); second declension

  1. omen, portent, prophetic sign
  2. prodigy, wonder


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative prōdigium prōdigia
Genitive prōdigiī
Dative prōdigiō prōdigiīs
Accusative prōdigium prōdigia
Ablative prōdigiō prōdigiīs
Vocative prōdigium prōdigia

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).


  • French: prodige
  • Italian: prodigio
  • Portuguese: prodígio
  • Spanish: prodigio
  • Romanian: prodigiu


  • prodigium in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • prodigium in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • prodigium in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to avert by expiatory sacrifices the effect of ominous portents: prodigia procurare (Liv. 22. 1)
  • prodigium in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • prodigium in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  • Sihler, Andrew L. (1995) New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, →ISBN