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[fee-kuhnd, -kuh nd, fek-uhnd, -uh nd] /ˈfi kʌnd, -kənd, ˈfɛk ʌnd, -ənd/
producing or capable of producing offspring, fruit, vegetation, etc., in abundance; prolific; fruitful:
fecund parents; fecund farmland.
very productive or creative intellectually:
the fecund years of the Italian Renaissance.
Origin of fecund
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin fēcundus, equivalent to fē- (see fetus) + -cundus adj. suffix; replacing late Middle English fecounde < Anglo-French
Related forms
nonfecund, adjective
unfecund, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fecund
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  • A woman who has one child has proved that she is fecund, but has not proved that she is fertile.

  • A woman with six children has proved that she is not only fecund but fertile.

  • It was bliss, it was the nucleolating of the fecund darkness.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • The fecund sap, their generative virtue, escapes and diminishes at every gleam.

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • Where is this fecund chaos, rich in worlds, that hides the generations that are to be?

  • Takes you right back to fecund mud and the first seminal atom.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • Let it be the mission of all that is best in America to cement this fecund union!

    The Forerunners Romain Rolland
  • Ours is, scarcely less than the British, a living and fecund system.

    Congressional Government Woodrow Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for fecund


/ˈfiːkənd; ˈfɛk-/
greatly productive; fertile
intellectually productive; prolific
Word Origin
C14: from Latin fēcundus; related to Latin fētus offspring
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Word Origin and History for fecund

early 15c., from Middle French fecond, from Latin fecundus "fruitful, fertile, productive," from *fe-kwondo-, suffixed form of Latin root *fe-, corresponding to PIE *dhe(i)- "to suck, suckle," also "produce, yield" (cf. Sanskrit dhayati "sucks," dhayah "nourishing;" Greek thele "mother's breast, nipple," thelys "female, fruitful;" Old Church Slavonic dojiti "to suckle," dojilica "nurse," deti "child;" Lithuanian dele "leech;" Old Prussian dadan "milk;" Gothic daddjan "to suckle;" Old Swedish dia "suckle;" Old High German tila "female breast;" Old Irish denaim "I suck," dinu "lamb").

Also from the same Latin root come felare "to suck;" femina "woman" (*fe-mna-, literally "she who suckles"); felix "happy, auspicious, fruitful;" fetus "offspring, pregnancy;" fenum "hay" (probably literally "produce"); and probably filia/filius "daughter/son," assimilated from *felios, originally "a suckling."

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fecund in Medicine

fecund fe·cund (fē'kənd, fěk'ənd)
Capable of producing offspring; fertile.

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