One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Producing or capable of producing an abundance of offspring or new growth; fertile.‘a lush and fecund garden’figurative ‘her fecund imagination’
fruitful, productive, high-yielding, prolific, proliferating, propagative, generativefertile, fruitful, productive, high-yielding, prolific, proliferating, propagative, generativeView synonyms
- ‘They have let loose their fecund imaginations on the facts of Barrie's life like a pack of hungry dogs.’
- ‘Miró himself was an artist whose utterly distinctive early work had great beauty of form and color, and whose fecund imagery delights and amuses.’
- ‘The fashion world is a fecund, fruitful and fertile source of metaphoric phrases.’
- ‘An accomplished harmonicist and vocalist, Godboo's talent has flourished in the fecund blues milieu.’
- ‘It also argues that an ethics of difference, and a poetics to support it, are needed in order to move the course of history in a more fruitful and fecund direction.’
- ‘I do not depend only on my excellent memory when I state without fear of contradiction that Sir John's recollections, undeniably fabulous and indicative of a mind still very fecund, are anything but reliable.’
- ‘Barker's language is ‘dangerously seductive, rich, fecund, muscular, poetic and especially obscene’.’
- ‘Until now, the only human cells thought fecund enough for the purpose of transplant growth were rare, primitive cells called stem cells.’
- ‘The third generation were less fecund, one son dying as a youth, the other marrying late and having no children.’
- ‘Yet this process of degradation does not destroy its object; rather, the degraded object finds renewal in the regenerative, positive aspect of the fecund and fecal body.’
- ‘Culture flourished in this fecund valley in 1879, when the opera house, decreed a national historic landmark in 1973, first opened.’
- ‘Portraits were shown in decorous green rooms, while the more acidic green of the walls displaying mythological and Biblical heroines signaled the internal realm of Chasseriau's fecund imagination.’
- ‘We can have a fecund economy, and we can have growth that's not something to be terrified of but celebrated - the way you celebrate a child growing up, or a tree that grows.’
- ‘From there, Gay proceeded to cultivate a long and fecund engagement with the French Enlightenment, translating, anthologizing and interpreting key texts, and in doing so establishing himself as a major figure in the field.’
- ‘The first quartet, subtitled ‘From My Life’ is a magnificent testament to its composer's fecund tunefulness as well as his fondness for telling a story in even his supposedly abstract works.’
- ‘It's not just marigolds and magnolias that grow abundantly in the fecund heat of the South.’
- ‘The natural surroundings of the airfield, draped in early morning mist, look too lush and fecund for a country gripped by a grim war.’
- ‘Way down South, down Florida way, the land is fecund, the air is ripe with growth.’
- ‘It is not to Tolkien's prose that we respond; it is to his fecund, delighted, heroic imagination, his unerring moral compass, his hold to the idea of the timeless struggle between good and evil which gave birth to an entire genre.’
- ‘Deer are a fecund species, and they produce multiple offspring when stressed.’
- 1.1technical (of a woman or women) capable of becoming pregnant and giving birth.
- ‘French women are already the second most fecund in the European Union, with an average of 1.9 children against an EU average of 1.4 and a British average of 1.6.’
- ‘As I stepped inside I was not sure whether I would be confronted with refined pornography, naked couples embracing, or the usual fecund female goddess figure.’
- ‘And yet (unlike the Tudors) the Dudleys were fecund.’
- ‘She is fertile and fecund and as naturally beautiful as you could imagine.’
- ‘Women were considered fecund if they became pregnant within 12 cycles of regular unprotected intercourse.’
Late Middle English: from French fécond or Latin fecundus.
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