- producing offspring, young, fruit, etc., abundantly; highly fruitful: a prolific pear tree.
- producing in large quantities or with great frequency; highly productive: a prolific writer.
- profusely productive or fruitful (often followed by in or of): a bequest prolific of litigations.
- characterized by abundant production: a prolific year for tomatoes.
Origin of prolific
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Examples from the Web for prolific
As a prolific and early entry in the cannon of television drama, The Twilight Zone never fully disappeared from the airwaves.How a War-Weary Vet Created ‘The Twilight Zone’
November 13, 2014
Glackens was a prolific cartoonist in Philadelphia and his comics are one of the most surprising elements in the Puck book.The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians
November 2, 2014
Since Westlake was as prolific as he was versatile, this all took a while.Donald E. Westlake, The Man With The Getaway Face
October 25, 2014
Now, here is a sweet taste of the South from one of our most prolific and talented writers.Let Us Now Praise Famous Rednecks and Their Unjustly Unsung Kin
August 23, 2014
He was so quick and prolific, coming up with so many lines and bits even though there was no way we could use them all.Mara Wilson Remembers Robin Williams: We're All His Goddamn Kids
August 18, 2014
Impregnated by power divine, the soil was prolific in other fruits than these.Imogen
I am afraid that this prolific letter-writing will use up Garibaldi.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
For invention and improvement are prolific, and beget more of their kind.The Age of Invention
They are the most prolific breeders—the proportion of ewes bringing twins being at least fifty per cent.
We have a green and fertile country, and round it a prolific sea.Another Sheaf
- producing fruit, offspring, etc, in abundance
- producing constant or successful results
- (often foll by in or of) rich or fruitful
Word Origin and History for prolific
1640s, from French prolifique (16c.), from Medieval Latin prolificus, from Latin proles "offspring" + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Latin proles is contracted from *pro-oles, from PIE *pro-al-, from *pro- "forth" (see pro-) + *al- "to grow, nourish" (see old). Related: Prolifical (c.1600).
Prolific is in common use, but to make a satisfactory noun from it has passed the wit of man. [Fowler]