[ fruhk-choo-uhs ]

  1. productive; fertile; profitable: a fructuous region, rich in natural resources.

Origin of fructuous

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin frūctuōsus, derivative of frūctus fruit; see -ous

Other words from fructuous

  • fruc·tu·ous·ly, adverb
  • fruc·tu·ous·ness, noun
  • un·fruc·tu·ous, adjective

Words Nearby fructuous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fructuous in a sentence

  • Another branch of this umbrageous if not fructuous tree of lunar superstition is the moon's influence on human fortune.

    Moon Lore | Timothy Harley
  • Hence we may perhaps prefer to read no-thing fructuous, as in Caxton and Thynne.

  • And there is a full fair vale and a fructuous; and there is a fair city and a good that men clepe Neople.

British Dictionary definitions for fructuous


/ (ˈfrʌktjʊəs, ˈfrʊk-) /

  1. productive or fruitful; fertile

Origin of fructuous

C14: from Latin frūctuōsus, from frūctus fruit + -ous

Derived forms of fructuous

  • fructuously, adverb
  • fructuousness, noun

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