- producing new individuals by budding or the like.
- producing an organ or shoot from an organ that is itself normally the last, as a shoot or a new flower from the midst of a flower.
Origin of proliferous
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Related Wordsabundant, bearing, black, bountiful, breeding, fecund, flowering, fruitful, gravid, lush, luxuriant, plenteous, plentiful, pregnant, producing, productive, prolific, rank, rich, spawning
Examples from the Web for proliferous
In some of these plants the flower-heads were also proliferous.
Here grew the Masarooth (Selinum palustre) with a proliferous umbel.
On the other hand, Verlot gives several cases of proliferous flowers which can be propagated by seed.
The calyx therefore, contrary to the nature of the common Polytrichum, is proliferous from its base.
The herbs I collected hereabouts were Mesomora (Cornus suecica) with a proliferous blossom.
- (of plants) producing many side branches or offshoots and normally reproducing vegetatively by buds or by plantlets produced in the inflorescence
- (of certain animals) reproducing by means of buds, etc
C17: from Medieval Latin prōlifer having offspring
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