What is MONSTER?
SPELL-ings and Mind Control Word Games of confusion and delusions.
What is MANKIND?
The race or species of human beings. In law, females, as well as males, may be included under this term. Fortesc. 91.
What is MAN?
A human being. A person of the male sex. A male of the human species above the age of puberty. In feudal law. A vassal; a tenant or feudatory. The Anglo-Saxon relation of lord and man was originally purely personal, and founded on mutual contract. 1 Spence, Ch. 37.
What is FEMALE?
The sex which conceives and gives birth to young. Also a member of suchsex. The term is generic, but may have the specific meaning of “woman.” if so indicatedby the context. State v. Ilemm, 82 Iowa, 009, 48 N. W. 971.
What is WOMEN?
All the females of the human species. All such females who have arrived at the age of puberty. Dig. 50, 16, 13.
A prodigious birth
1Remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree.
‘the stove consumed a prodigious amount of fuel’
‘her memory was prodigious’
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2archaic Unnatural or abnormal.
‘rumours of prodigious happenings, such as monstrous births’
Today “prodigy” usually refers to a precocious youngster. But the word had much different connotations in Shakespeare’s time: a “prodigy” was someone or something abnormal, a monstrosity. Prodigies were taken to be omens of a family’s bad fortune; this idea was thus naturally linked to the idea of birth, an event surrounded with a vast structure of superstition. While the word “prodigious”—of sixteenth century origin—was often applied to newborns or children, “prodigious birth” seems to be Shakespeare’s coinage. When Juliet refers to the “prodigious birth” of her love, her imagination runs through the horrors such an omen portends; with deadly dramatic irony, she foresees that her grave will in fact prove her marriage bed.
What is MONSTER?
A prodigious birth; a human birth or offspring not having the shape of mankind, which cannot be heir to any land, albeit it be brought forth in marriage. Bract fol. 5; Co. Litt. 7, 8; 2 Bl. Comm. 246.