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 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 woman") 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 The French obsession with Japanese culture and art, which resulted in one of the most fecund creative periods Europe has ever known, was a dense brew of appropriation, commerce and respect. New York Times, "How Japonisme Forever Changed the Course of Western Design," 11 Feb. 2021 Wrap your thoughts around this fabulous fecund fact: More than one million plants from around the world grow at the New York Botanical Garden in 50 specialty gardens and collections. Laura Manske, Forbes, "Feel Happier — Easy Ways To Gaze At America’s Most Gorgeous Spring Gardens," 28 Feb. 2021 For that matter, the more liberal goal of equity should yield as well — which is why the Romney plan would actually be better without the income cap, with a family benefit flowing even unto fecund billionaires. Ross Douthat, Star Tribune, "Why the U.S. needs Mitt Romney's proposed reform for family benefits," 8 Feb. 2021 The upshot, out of more than 3,000 mutant strains that were larger than normal, was three promising lines which, at 350-370 microns long, nicely plug the size gap, and which are also more fecund than their ancestors. The Economist, "Irradiating small animals used as fish food makes them bigger," 23 Jan. 2021 Careerist designers teem in the West, with such fecund exceptions as László Moholy-Nagy and Kurt Schwitters. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "What Are Artists For?," 21 Dec. 2020 These women are pursuing truth writ small, personally, looking for it in daring performances — not of national heroes but of themselves, this fecund terra incognita. New York Times, "Dear Academy: Please Give Cher Another Oscar," 10 Dec. 2020 A quarter of France’s national catch comes from Britain’s fecund waters. William Booth, Washington Post, "Boris Johnson threatens a no-deal Brexit as Britain and France fight over fish," 16 Oct. 2020 Of course, in this disconnect between urge and action, a fecund interiority awaits. Sara Lippmann, Washington Post, "Anna Solomon’s ‘Book of V’ will please fans of ‘The Hours’ with its sprawling take on a biblical tale," 4 May 2020

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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 10 Apr. 2021.

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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

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

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