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adjective fe·cund \ˈfe-kənd, ˈfē-\

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

Full Definition of FECUND

:  fruitful in offspring or vegetation :  prolific
:  intellectually productive or inventive to a marked degree <a fecund imagination>
fe·cun·di·ty \fi-ˈkən-də-tē, fe-\ noun

Examples of FECUND

  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>

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>.

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate

Rhymes with FECUND

Medical Dictionary


adjective fe·cund \ˈfek-ənd, ˈfēk-\

Medical Definition of FECUND

:  characterized by having produced many offspring
:  capable of producing :  not sterile or barren
fe·cun·di·ty \fi-ˈkən-dət-ē, fe-\ noun, plural fe·cun·di·ties


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