proliferous

adjective
pro·​lif·​er·​ous | \ -f(ə)rəs \

Definition of proliferous

1 obsolete : prolific sense 2a
2a : reproducing freely by offsets, bulbils, gemmae, or other vegetative means
3 : proliferating specifically : producing a cluster of branchlets from a larger branch used of coral

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Other Words from proliferous

proliferously adverb

History and Etymology for proliferous

proli- + -ferous

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“Proliferous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proliferous. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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