Origin of prolific
Examples from the Web for prolific
As a prolific and early entry in the cannon of television drama, The Twilight Zone never fully disappeared from the airwaves.
Glackens was a prolific cartoonist in Philadelphia and his comics are one of the most surprising elements in the Puck book.
Since Westlake was as prolific as he was versatile, this all took a while.
Now, here is a sweet taste of the South from one of our most prolific and talented writers.Let Us Now Praise Famous Rednecks and Their Unjustly Unsung Kin|Allison Glock|August 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was so quick and prolific, coming up with so many lines and bits even though there was no way we could use them all.Mara Wilson Remembers Robin Williams: We're All His Goddamn Kids|Mara Wilson|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The establishment of prolific and cheap journals in New York, in 1830, was an event of incalculable historical importance.The Collector|Henry T. Tuckerman
The world cannot afford to lose the record of any great deed or utterance; for such are prolific throughout all time.Fragments of science, V. 1-2|John Tyndall
Its use is a prolific source of indigestion, palpitation of the heart, persistent wakefulness, and of other disorders.A Practical Physiology|Albert F. Blaisdell
Engels pleaded he was already over busy with those tasks, which show him to have been so patient and prolific a worker.The Art of Lecturing|Arthur M. (Arthur Morrow) Lewis
The prolific powers of some individuals among mankind are very extraordinary.The Book of Curiosities|I. Platts
British Dictionary definitions for prolific
Word Origin for prolific
Word Origin and History for prolific
1640s, from French prolifique (16c.), from Medieval Latin prolificus, from Latin proles "offspring" + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Latin proles is contracted from *pro-oles, from PIE *pro-al-, from *pro- "forth" (see pro-) + *al- "to grow, nourish" (see old). Related: Prolifical (c.1600).
Prolific is in common use, but to make a satisfactory noun from it has passed the wit of man. [Fowler]