fœcundity

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fœcundity (plural not attested)

  1. Obsolete form of fecundity.
    • 1759, Thomas Hale, A Compleat Body of Husbandry, page 55:
      As this fœcundity is owing to the air, it will be obtained only in those parts of a field thus prepared to receive it, as are exposed to the air.
    • 1762, John Ray, The Wisdom of God manifested in the Works of the Creation, page 65-66:
      And for the security of such species as are produc'd only by seed, it hath endued all seed with a lasting vitality, that so if by reason of excessive cold, or drought or any other accident, it happen not to germinate the first year, it will conintue its fœcundity, I do not say two or three, nor six or seven, but even twenty or thirty years; and when the impediment is remov'd, the earth in fit case, and the season proper, spring up, bear fruit, and continue its species.
    • 1838, Ralph Cudworth & ‎John Allen, A Treatise of Freewill, page 51:
      So that the Son begotten thus from eternity by the essential fœcundity of the Father and his overflowing perfection, (which is no necessity imposed upon him, nor yet a blind and stupid nature, as that of fire burning or the sun shining), this divine apaugasma, or outshining splendour of of God the Father hath no precarious, but a necessary existence, and is undestroyable.