One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Fertilize.‘there were no insects to fecundate flowering plants’
add fertilizer to, enrich with fertilizer, feed, mulch, compost, manure, dung, dress, top-dressimpregnate, inseminatepollinate, cross-pollinate, cross-fertilize, make fruitfulView synonyms
- ‘They used to fecundate their palm-trees in order to make them more fruitful.’
- 1.1literary Make fruitful.‘he actuates and fecundates our souls’
- ‘While McKinney's fecundating prose absolutely shimmers with style, his tendencies toward self-indulgence, exaggeration, and excess ultimately undo the volume's many promising strands of thought.’
- ‘By 1784 he was describing in plaintive terms how the English were constantly making new discoveries: ‘The whole of nature is unceasingly studied, requested, worked upon, fecundated, husbanded.’’
Mid 17th century: from Latin fecundat- ‘made fruitful’, from the verb fecundare, from fecundus ‘fruitful’.
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