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procreant

[proh-kree-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. procreating or generating: a sufficiently procreant breed of fish; a procreant cause.
  2. pertaining to procreation.

Origin of procreant

1580–90; < Latin prōcreant- (stem of prōcreāns), present participle of prōcreāre to breed. See procreate, -ant
Related formsun·pro·cre·ant, adjective
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Examples from the Web for procreant

Historical Examples

  • These squadrons use the carcase as a procreant cradle, and thus ensure the nourishment of the larvæ so soon as they are hatched.

    The Dwelling House

    George Vivian Poore

  • But this "procreant cradle" of a bird in the arms of the fanged desert growth softens its aspect a little.

    The Last Harvest

    John Burroughs

  • The strongest and most procreant contact is that which takes place between two creative minds.

    Auguste Rodin

    Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Seed time and harvest, as old as the procreant earth and as new as the latest sunrise, are his to conjure.

    The Apple-Tree

    L. H. Bailey

  • There was a time when the spring came on in a fulness, when the procreant impulse stirred awake.


Word Origin and History for procreant

adj.

"fruitful," 1580s, from Latin procreantem (nominative procreans), present participle of procreare "to beget" (see procreation). As a noun from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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