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adjective fe·cund \ˈfe-kənd, ˈfē-\

Simple Definition of fecund

  • : producing or able to produce many babies, young animals, or plants

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fecund

  1. 1 :  fruitful in offspring or vegetation :  prolific

  2. 2 :  intellectually productive or inventive to a marked degree <a fecund imagination>

fecundity play \fi-ˈkən-də-tē, fe-\ noun

Examples of fecund in a sentence

  1. a fecund breed of cattle

  2. <the Franklin stove, bifocals, and the lightning rod are just a few of the inventions that we owe to the fecund creativity of Benjamin Franklin>

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Fecund and its synonyms "fruitful" and "fertile" all mean producing or capable of producing offspring or fruit-literally or figuratively. "Fecund" applies to things that yield offspring, fruit, or results in abundance or with rapidity ("a fecund herd"; "a fecund imagination"). "Fruitful" emphasizes abundance, too, and often adds the implication that the results attained are desirable or useful ("fruitful plains"; "a fruitful discussion"). "Fertile" implies the power to reproduce ("a fertile woman") or the power to assist in reproduction, growth, or development ("fertile soil"; "a fertile climate for artists").

Origin of fecund

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin fecundus — more at feminine

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of fecund

fertile, fecund, fruitful, prolific mean producing or capable of producing offspring or fruit. fertile implies the power to reproduce in kind or to assist in reproduction and growth <fertile soil>; applied figuratively, it suggests readiness of invention and development <a fertile imagination>. fecund emphasizes abundance or rapidity in bearing fruit or offspring <a fecund herd>. fruitful adds to fertile and fecund the implication of desirable or useful results <fruitful research>. prolific stresses rapidity of spreading or multiplying by or as if by natural reproduction <a prolific writer>.

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adjective fe·cund \ˈfek-ənd, ˈfēk-\

Medical Definition of fecund

  1. 1:  characterized by having produced many offspring

  2. 2:  capable of producing :  not sterile or barren

fecundity \fi-ˈkən-dət-ē, fe-\play noun plural fecundities

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