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As for that precocious damsel, she would run no least risk of destruction by the satyr.

Many of our greatest divines have been anything but precocious.

Of precocious nature, she endured her martyrdom with extraordinary fortitude.

Her mother tried to frighten her; but the child was too precocious.

Henry was still in bed, but awake and reading Smiles with precocious gusto.

His countenance was pleasing and bore no trace of precocious criminality.

He was, however, an individual of earthy hue, with precocious wrinkles.

In crossing to Niagara, we had a specimen of the precocious colonist of 1845.

This is a beautiful illustration of the futility of precocious teaching.

But the precocious Adams had only a little of the prig and nothing of the hypocrite in his nature.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, "developed before the usual time" (of plants), with -ous + Latin praecox (genitive praecocis) "maturing early," from prae "before" (see pre-) + coquere "to ripen," literally "to cook" (see cook (n.)). Originally of flowers or fruits. Figurative use, of persons, dates from 1670s. Related: Precociously; precociousness.

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