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- 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.
- (figurative) 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