- a religious cult devoted to the enhancement of the fertility of persons, plants, or animals, by means of rituals often associated with a particular deity.
- the body of members of such a cult.
Origin of fertility cult
First recorded in 1930–35
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- the practice in some settled agricultural communities of performing religious or magical rites to ensure good weather and crops and the perpetuity of the tribe
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