fruc·​tu·​ous ˈfrək-chə-wəs How to pronounce fructuous (audio)
: fruitful
a fructuous land

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In Latin the word fructus means both "fruit" and "enjoyment" or "use." A rich crop of English derivatives grew from that root, including "fructuous," "fructose" (a sugar found in fruits), "fruition" ("the state of bearing fruit"), "usufruct" ("the right to use or enjoy something"), and even "fruit" itself. "Fructuous" comes from the Middle French adjective fructueux and the Latin adjective fructuosus, both ultimately derived from "fructus."

Examples of fructuous in a Sentence

settlers gradually migrated from the rocky shores to more fructuous lands

Word History


Middle English fructuous, frutuose, fruytous "fruitful, prolific, yielding results, productive," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French fructuous, fructueux "fruitful, profitable," borrowed from Latin frūctuōsus "fruitful, productive, lucrative, advantageous," from frūctu-, stem of frūctus "useful products of nature, fruit, profit, advantage" + -ōsus -ous — more at fruit entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fructuous was in the 14th century


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Cite this Entry

“Fructuous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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