from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Producing offspring or fruit in great abundance; fertile.
- adj. Producing abundant works or results: a prolific artist. See Synonyms at fertile.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Fertile, producing offspring or fruit in abundance — applied to plants producing fruit, animals producing young, etc.
- adj. Similarly producing results or works in abundance
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the quality of generating; producing young or fruit; generative; fruitful; productive; -- applied to plants producing fruit, animals producing young, etc.; -- usually with the implied idea of frequent or numerous production.
- adj. Serving to produce; fruitful of results; active
- adj. Proliferous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Producing young or fruit, especially in abundance; fruitful; fertile; productive in general: as, a prolific female; a prolific tree; prolific seed.
- Serving to give rise or origin; having the quality of generating: as, a controversy prolific of evil consequences; a prolific brain.
- Same as proliferous .
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. intellectually productive
- adj. bearing in abundance especially offspring
French prolifique, from Medieval Latin prōlificus : Latin prōlēs, prōl-, offspring; see al-2 in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficus, -fic.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1640-1650: from French prolifique, from Latin proles ("offspring") and facere ("to make"). (Wiktionary)