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fecundate

[fee-kuh n-deyt, fek-uh n-]
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verb (used with object), fe·cun·dat·ed, fe·cun·dat·ing.
  1. to make prolific or fruitful.
  2. Biology. to impregnate or fertilize.
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Origin of fecundate

1625–35; < Latin fēcundātus made fruitful, fertilized (past participle of fēcundāre). See fecund, -ate1
Related formsfe·cun·da·tion, nounfe·cun·da·tor, nounfe·cun·da·to·ry [fi-kuhn-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /fɪˈkʌn dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivepre·fe·cun·da·tion, nounun·fe·cun·dat·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The blood in our veins is warm enough to fecundate the soil of the Republic.

    Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 1 July 1848

    Various

  • He speaks by his arts, which might fecundate our human inventions.

    The Insect

    Jules Michelet

  • The fluid from one male will fecundate the eggs of half a dozen females.

    Soil Culture

    J. H. Walden

  • Genius needs to retreat upon itself, to fecundate itself until from the nightmare of one life is born the dream of another.

  • There remained no other free communities whose culture could fecundate that of the Greek and other cities held in tutelage.


British Dictionary definitions for fecundate

fecundate

verb (tr)
  1. to make fruitful
  2. to fertilize; impregnate
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Derived Formsfecundation, nounfecundator, nounfecundatory (fɪˈkʌndətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin fēcundāre to fertilize
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