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Germinal; progenitive; prolific. Now rare.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Todd's Cyclopaedia of Anatomy and Physiology. From scientific Latin proliger (K. E. von Baer De ovi mammalium et hominis genesi 13, in discus proliger; from classical Latin prōlēs + -ger: see -gerous) + -ous.
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