Origin of Precocious
From Latin praecox (“premature, precocious, ripe before time, early ripe"), from praecoquere (“to ripen beforehand, ripen fully, also boil beforehand"), from prae (“before") + coquere (“to cook, boil").
From Latin praecox praecoc- premature from praecoquere to boil before, ripen early prae- pre- coquere to cook, ripen pekw- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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