Definition of fecund in English:



  • 1Producing or capable of producing an abundance of offspring or new growth; fertile.

    ‘a lush and fecund garden’
    figurative ‘her fecund imagination’
    • ‘An accomplished harmonicist and vocalist, Godboo's talent has flourished in the fecund blues milieu.’
    • ‘Miró himself was an artist whose utterly distinctive early work had great beauty of form and color, and whose fecund imagery delights and amuses.’
    • ‘They have let loose their fecund imaginations on the facts of Barrie's life like a pack of hungry dogs.’
    • ‘Until now, the only human cells thought fecund enough for the purpose of transplant growth were rare, primitive cells called stem cells.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The third generation were less fecund, one son dying as a youth, the other marrying late and having no children.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Deer are a fecund species, and they produce multiple offspring when stressed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The fashion world is a fecund, fruitful and fertile source of metaphoric phrases.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Barker's language is ‘dangerously seductive, rich, fecund, muscular, poetic and especially obscene’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Way down South, down Florida way, the land is fecund, the air is ripe with growth.’
    • ‘Culture flourished in this fecund valley in 1879, when the opera house, decreed a national historic landmark in 1973, first opened.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    fruitful, productive, high-yielding, prolific, proliferating, propagative, generative
    fertile, fruitful, productive, high-yielding, prolific, proliferating, propagative, generative
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    1. 1.1technical (of a woman or women) capable of becoming pregnant and giving birth.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She is fertile and fecund and as naturally beautiful as you could imagine.’
      • ‘And yet (unlike the Tudors) the Dudleys were fecund.’
      • ‘Women were considered fecund if they became pregnant within 12 cycles of regular unprotected intercourse.’
      • ‘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.’


Late Middle English: from French fécond or Latin fecundus.