fecundity

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From Latin fēcunditās (fruitfulness, fertility), from fēcundus.

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fecundity (usually uncountable, plural fecundities)

  1. Ability to produce offspring.
    • 2006, Neil Gaiman, “Neil Gaiman on Terry Pratchett” in: Good Omens, Corgi, p. 410
      In the early days the reviewers compared him to the late Douglas Adams, but then Terry went on to write books as enthusiastically as Douglas avoided writing them, and now, if there is any comparison to be made of anything from the formal rules of a Pratchett novel to the sheer prolific fecundity of the man, it might be to P. G. Wodehouse.
  2. Ability to cause growth.
  3. Number, rate, or capacity of offspring production.
  4. Rate of production of young by a female.

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  • fecundity in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • fecundity in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • fecundity in the Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, English section, United Nations, New York, 1958
  • fecundity in the Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, English section, second edition, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, Liège, 1982
  • fecundity at OneLook Dictionary Search