fecund

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From Middle French fécond, from Latin fecundus (fertile), which is related to fētus and fēmina (woman).

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fecund (comparative more fecund, superlative most fecund)

  1. (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.
  2. (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
      This idea of Aristotle's has proved marvellously fecund; and in truth it is the only idea covering quite the whole area of cenoscopy that has shown any marked uberosity.

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