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

Other Words from fecund

fecundity \ fi-​ˈkən-​də-​tē How to pronounce fecund (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 egg") or the power to assist in reproduction, growth, or development ("fertile soil," "a fertile climate for artists").

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Getting to AltaGracia is a memorable experience in and of itself: travelers fly into San José and take a small prop plane about 90 miles south to the fecund province of Pérez Zeledón. Jessie Heyman, Vogue, 17 Dec. 2021 The decaying remains of those fecund swamp forests became Alabama’s coal fields, especially throughout Jefferson, Walker, and Tuscaloosa Counties. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 1 Dec. 2021 One problem is that fisheries often target what scientists call BOFFFFs: big, old, fat, fecund, female fish. Matt Reynolds, Wired, 23 Nov. 2021 After beavers almost went extinct by the mid-19th century, fashions shifted and Canada’s fecund beavers rebounded. New York Times, 20 Nov. 2021 In the several years since his return, however, Beaujard has lavished the two-bedroom home with the full force of his fecund imagination, blending his signature theatricality with a new dose of insouciance. New York Times, 10 Nov. 2021 Johns continued to look back wistfully at this astonishingly fecund period in both their lives. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021 The olive trees, vineyards, fecund gardens, incredible landscapes and views... Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, 9 Aug. 2021 Or to zombies whose infection bring forth even more fecund undead. BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2021

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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

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


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

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

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