Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of producing offspring or vegetation; fruitful.
  • adj. Marked by intellectual productivity. See Synonyms at fertile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Highly fertile; able to produce offspring.
  • adj. Leading to new ideas or innovation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fruitful in children; prolific.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Prolific; readily producing offspring; hence, fruitful or productive in a general sense: as, the fecund earth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of producing offspring or vegetation
  • adj. intellectually productive

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French fecond, from Latin fēcundus; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fecundus ("fertile"), which is related to fētus and fēmina ("woman"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When those selected Tweets can then be cross-referenced with other sets of data from outside Twitter - that's when the word fecund starts feeling inadequate.

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  • -- Kevin Federline can't be "fecund" unless women are always impregnating him.

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  • Its unbelievable- monster houseplants towered over me and 'fecund' is really the best word to use in describing the rain forest.

    Day Dreams

  • PS: I always wanted to use the word "fecund" and one of its meaning was this "the capacity of abundant production".

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  • Oh, I also learned the word "fecund" from one of his lyrics.

    hearsay

  • This fecund branch effectively includes two major limbs.

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  • And the writing, at its best, is wonderfully allusive – a golden cloud of summer pollen is as fecund and generative as the wind Plato thought could impregnate horses – and precise, often finding all manner of surprising likenesses: dragonflies "the size of kitchen matches" cruise the air; cut grass is baled in blue plastic "the exact colour of surgical scrubs".

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  • The tallest mountain in all of Mexico is Mount Orizaba in Veracruz State and the most desolate sea level oill exploitative PEMEX hell hole is there as well and the state is not simply swamplands and snow covered volcanoes and fecund valleys growing everything from coffee to sugar cane and pineapples but a place of extraordinary beauty.

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  • Scotland has a comparatively large number of originally native but now extinct large mammal species, as well as large areas of woodland and fecund deer population, prompting the advocacy of reintroductions of species such as the Eurasian lynx to the Scottish highlands.

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  • The world is great, the world is fecund, but the world is finite.

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  • And in the hush that had fallen suddenly upon the whole sorrowful land, the immense wilderness, the colossal body of the fecund and mysterious seemed to look at her, pensive, as though it had been looking at the image of its own tenebrous and passionate soul.

    -Heart of Darkness (Conrad)

    March 19, 2011