[ pruh-lif-er-uh s ]
/ prəˈlɪf ər əs /


  1. producing new individuals by budding or the like.
  2. 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

1645–55; < Medieval Latin prōlifer bearing offspring + -ous. See prolicide, -ferous

Related forms

non·pro·lif·er·ous, adjectiveun·pro·lif·er·ous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for proliferous


/ (prəˈlɪfərəs) /


(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

Word Origin for proliferous

C17: from Medieval Latin prōlifer having offspring
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