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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’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘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.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin fecundat- ‘made fruitful’, from the verb fecundare, from fecundus ‘fruitful’.
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