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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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
Recent Examples on the Web There have been dozens more slamming the bureau for various transgressions, most of them figments of the fecund presidential imagination. Robert G. Kaiser, The New York Review of Books, "Fear and Loathing and the FBI," 11 Feb. 2020 Like a clump of black earth, Feit Covey’s pictures are dark but fecund. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: A tip of the hat to a revered Washington milliner," 4 Oct. 2019 Their empty eye sockets still seeing the sacred prairie — this brown fecund earth round and heaving like a buffalo’s back. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Readers and writers: For those who think that they shall never see … a gift as nice as poetry," 14 Dec. 2019 Last April, along a stretch of fecund Australian countryside, a couple expecting a baby performed what thousands of expectant couples now believe is the proper ritual for such an occasion. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "Let’s have a gender-reveal party that reveals gender is a construct," 30 July 2019 Later generations were more fecund, with many of the most fit offspring being hybrids of the local and introduced fish, Reid reported at the meeting. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Boosting genetic diversity may save vanishing animal populations. But it may also backfire," 16 July 2019 Nature is fecund all around us, a season in full swing, wheeling, dicing spores so numerous that the air is thick with them. Melinda Stevens, Condé Nast Traveler, "Editor's Letter: On Savoring the Moment at Every Bend," 25 June 2019 His partner, Peter Schlesinger, a young California artist who had posed for many of his paintings, had left him after five years, ending a romance that coincided with one of Mr. Hockney’s most artistically fecund periods. Deborah Solomon, New York Times, "Seeking the Real David Hockney Through Fact and Fiction," 11 June 2019 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

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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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“Fecund.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fecund. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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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