[fee-kuhnd, -kuh nd, fek-uhnd, -uh nd]


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

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin fēcundus, equivalent to fē- (see fetus) + -cundus adj. suffix; replacing late Middle English fecounde < Anglo-French
Related formsnon·fe·cund, adjectiveun·fe·cund, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of fecund

  • Best to go with the fecund middle period, three novels sometimes referred to as “The London Trilogy.”

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    Remedial Reader: The Essential Martin Amis

    Ronald K. Fried

    August 24, 2012

  • Whether he was writing about sex, golf, or life in a small town, the fecund mind who gave the world Rabbit was never at rest.

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    John Updike's Final Chapter

    Daphne Merkin

    January 29, 2009

Historical Examples of fecund

  • 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?

British Dictionary definitions for fecund



greatly productive; fertile
intellectually productive; prolific

Word Origin for fecund

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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Medicine definitions for fecund


[fēkənd, fĕkənd]


Capable of producing offspring; fertile.
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