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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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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").
Origin and Etymology of fecund
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin fecundus — more at feminine
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of fecund
FECUND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fecund for English Language Learners
: producing or able to produce many babies, young animals, or plants
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