[ pruh-lif-ik ]
/ prəˈlɪf ɪk /


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

First recorded in 1640–50, prolific is from the Medieval Latin word prōlificus fertile. See prolicide, -fic

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British Dictionary definitions for prolificness


/ (prəˈlɪfɪk) /


producing fruit, offspring, etc, in abundance
producing constant or successful results
(often foll by in or of) rich or fruitful

Derived Forms

prolifically, adverbprolificness or prolificacy, noun

Word Origin for prolific

C17: from Medieval Latin prōlificus, from Latin prōlēs offspring
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