- producing offspring, young, fruit, etc., abundantly; highly fruitful: a prolific pear tree.
- producing in large quantities or with great frequency; highly productive: a prolific writer.
- profusely productive or fruitful (often followed by in or of): a bequest prolific of litigations.
- characterized by abundant production: a prolific year for tomatoes.
Origin of prolific
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Related Words for prolificnessabundance, copiousness, fecundity, fruitfulness, gravidity, potency, pregnancy, productiveness, productivity, prolificacy, puberty, richness, virility, luxuriance, prolificity, pubescence
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Historical Examples of prolificness
Domestication, as a general rule, increases the prolificness of animals and plants.
The number of well-defined dugs is always the best prima facie evidence of prolificness in any animal.The History of The Hen Fever
George P. Burnham
In a word, they hold that a state of ease and affluence is the great promoter of prolificness.The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 2 (of 4)
Thomas Babington Macaulay
That he may increase beyond the prolificness of the white-necked crow and cover the ground after the fashion of the binding grass.The Wallet of Kai Lung
The (p. 325) moth, whose egg produces these larv, is a large white miller of unusual size and prolificness.
- producing fruit, offspring, etc, in abundance
- producing constant or successful results
- (often foll by in or of) rich or fruitful
Word Origin 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]