adjective pro·lif·ic \prə-ˈli-fik\

: producing a large amount of something

Full Definition of PROLIFIC

:  producing young or fruit especially freely :  fruitful
archaic :  causing abundant growth, generation, or reproduction
:  marked by abundant inventiveness or productivity <a prolific composer>
pro·lif·i·ca·cy \-ˈli-fi-kə-sē\ noun
pro·lif·i·cal·ly \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
pro·lif·ic·ness \-fik-nəs\ noun

Examples of PROLIFIC

  1. <a famously prolific author who could produce several works of fiction and nonfiction a year>
  2. Since [David] Mamet is a prolific writer of Hollywood screenplays, there are today more people who know his work than know that they know it. —Juliet Fleming, Times Literary Supplement, 18 Feb. 2000

Origin of PROLIFIC

French prolifique, from Middle French, from Latin proles + Middle French -figue -fic
First Known Use: 1650

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate


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