Origin of prolific
Examples from the Web for prolificacy
These are not so much specialised structure as courage, a good constitution, mental capacity and prolificacy.
The advantages of prolificacy are so apparent that it is unnecessary to dilate upon them.
British Dictionary definitions for prolificacy
Word Origin for prolific
Word Origin and History for prolificacy
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]