fe·​cund | \ ˈfe-kənd How to pronounce fecund (audio) , ˈfē- How to pronounce fecund (audio) \

Definition of fecund

1 : fruitful in offspring or vegetation : prolific a fecund breed of cattle
2 : intellectually productive or inventive to a marked degree a fecund imagination a fecund source of information

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Other Words from fecund

fecundity \ fi-​ˈkən-​də-​tē How to pronounce fecundity (audio) , fe-​ \ noun

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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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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").

Examples of fecund in a Sentence

a fecund breed of cattle 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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In that fecund little valley that divides our rational and and instinctive reactions to machines, Gannon’s work thrives. James Vincent, The Verge, "Teaching robots body language offers common ground for humans and machines," 11 Nov. 2018 The fecund doctor, Donald Cline, has since admitted to lying to patients and using his own sperm to inseminate them. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Fertility doc inseminated dozens of women with own sperm, DNA sites find," 31 Aug. 2018 The Marcellus Shale in Appalachia turned out to be larger and more fecund than the Barnett. Russell Gold, WSJ, "The Texas Well That Started the Fracking Revolution," 29 June 2018 Meanwhile, my own fecund uterine years are slipping by. Colter Jackson, New York Times, "Motherless, but Growing Toward the Light," 11 May 2018 Connecticut has long been fecund breeding ground for top-tier hockey players — think Jonathan Quick, Nick Bonino and Chris Drury — and the Nutmeg State was put on the map when Yale and Quinnipiac squared off in the 2013 Frozen Four championship. Kevin Vellturo, courant.com, "UConn Insider Podcast: Men's Hockey Coach Mike Cavanaugh," 8 Mar. 2018 There was Beyoncé's pregnancy announcement on Instagram, showing the singer, then expecting twins, resplendent as a fecund deity. Claire Howorth, Time, "Motherhood Is Hard to Get Wrong. So Why Do So Many Moms Feel So Bad About Themselves?," 19 Oct. 2017 The 55 acres surrounding the designer’s house have been planned so that some part of the grounds will always be fecund and some part will always be fallow: birth following death following birth. Hanya Yanagihara, New York Times, "Dries Van Noten, Icon of Creative Freedom," 16 Oct. 2017 Meanwhile, down on the ground, roses and raspberries peek out from the fecund earth of North County. Logan Jenkins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hunter's rash bombast earns a razz, but Vista shreds," 23 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of fecund

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fecund

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

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English Language Learners Definition of fecund

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


fe·​cund | \ ˈfek-ənd How to pronounce fecund (audio) , ˈfēk- How to pronounce fecund (audio) \

Medical Definition of fecund

1 : characterized by having produced many offspring
2 : capable of producing : not sterile or barren

Other Words from fecund

fecundity \ fi-​ˈkən-​dət-​ē, fe-​ How to pronounce fecundity (audio) \ noun, plural fecundities

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