Origin of Ingenious
From Middle French ingénieux, from Old French engenious, from Latin ingeniosus (“endowed with good natural capacity, gifted with genius”), from ingenium (“innate or natural quality, natural capacity, genius”), from in (“in”) + gignere (“to produce”), Old Latin genere. See also engine.
Middle English from Old French ingenios from Latin ingeniōsus from ingenium inborn talent genə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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