fecund

[ fee-kuhnd, -kuh nd, fek-uhnd, -uh nd ]
/ ˈfi kʌnd, -kənd, ˈfɛk ʌnd, -ənd /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. fecking,
  2. feckless,
  3. fecklessly,
  4. fecula,
  5. feculent,
  6. fecundate,
  7. fecundation,
  8. fecundatory,
  9. fecundity,
  10. fed

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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British Dictionary definitions for fecund

fecund

/ (ˈfiːkənd, ˈfɛk-) /

adjective

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

fecund

adj.

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

fecund

[ fēkənd, fĕkənd ]

adj.

Capable of producing offspring; fertile.

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