fecundate

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

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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Examples from the Web for fecundator

Historical Examples of fecundator

  • This desire develops spontaneously, and the role of fecundator represents the principal male activity.


British Dictionary definitions for fecundator

fecundate

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

Word Origin for fecundate

C17: from Latin fēcundāre to fertilize
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