- 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 prolifically
Corn grows as prolifically in Africa as in the bottoms of Georgia and Alabama.
Arrogance begets fear as surely and prolifically as certain of the rodents beget offspring.The Conquest of Fear
Liberia would yield cotton as prolifically as Arkansas or Mississippi, if cultivated.
He has taken some part in politics, but he continues to write, though not so prolifically as before.The Short-story
William Patterson Atkinson
- 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 prolifically
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]