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fecundity

[fi-kuhn-di-tee]
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noun
  1. the quality of being fecund; capacity, especially in female animals, of producing young in great numbers.
  2. fruitfulness or fertility, as of the earth.
  3. the capacity of abundant production: fecundity of imagination.
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Origin of fecundity

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin fēcunditās fruitfulness, fertility. See fecund, -ity
Related formsnon·fe·cun·di·ty, nounsu·per·fe·cun·di·ty, noun
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Historical Examples

  • On a stool was the unfinished model of Fecundity swathed in wet cloths.

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  • Therefore we ask for your opinions on the question of the power of adaptation in fecundity.

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  • Disorders of menstruation have much less influence on fecundity.

  • Fecundity is the end he proposes, and he rewards with intoxicating delights those who contribute to the fulfilment of his designs.

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  • It is important to remember the distinction between "fecundity" and "fertility."


British Dictionary definitions for fecundity

fecundity

noun
  1. fertility; fruitfulness
  2. intellectual fruitfulness; creativity
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Word Origin and History for fecundity

n.

early 15c., from Latin fecunditatem (nominative fecunditas) "fruitfulness, fertility," from fecundus (see fecund).

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fecundity in Medicine

fecundity

(fĭ-kŭndĭ-tē)
n.
  1. The capacity for producing offspring, especially in abundance.
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