- fœcund (hypercorrect, obsolete)
- (formal) Highly fertile; able to produce offspring.
2001, Massimo Livi Bacci, A Concise History of World Population, page 9:
- The number of children per woman depends, as has been said, on biological and social factors which determine: (1) the frequency of births during a woman's fecund period, and (2) the portion of the fecund period--between puberty and menopause--effectively utilized for reproduction.
2014 December 23, Olivia Judson, “The hemiparasite season [print version: Under the hemiparasite, International New York Times, 24–25 December 2014, p. 7]”, in The New York Times:
- The druids […] believed that mistletoe could make barren animals fecund, and that it was an antidote to all poisons.
- (figuratively) Leading to new ideas or innovation.
- 1906, Charles Sanders Pierce, "The Basis of Pragmatism in the Normative Sciences", in The Essential Pierce: Selected Philosophical Writings, volume II, page 373
highly fertile; able to produce offspring