Open main menu



Alternative formsEdit


From Middle French fécond, from Latin fecundus (fertile), which is related to fētus and fēmina (woman).



fecund (comparative more fecund, superlative most fecund)

  1. (formal) Highly fertile; able to produce offspring.
    • 2001, Massimo Livi Bacci, A Concise History of World Population, page 9:
      The number of children per woman depends, as has been said, on biological and social factors which determine: (1) the frequency of births during a woman's fecund period, and (2) the portion of the fecund period--between puberty and menopause--effectively utilized for reproduction.
    • 2014 December 23, Olivia Judson, “The hemiparasite season [print version: Under the hemiparasite, International New York Times, 24–25 December 2014, p. 7]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      The druids [] believed that mistletoe could make barren animals fecund, and that it was an antidote to all poisons.
  2. (figuratively) Leading to new ideas or innovation.
    • 1906, Charles Sanders Pierce, "The Basis of Pragmatism in the Normative Sciences", in The Essential Pierce: Selected Philosophical Writings, volume II, page 373
      This idea of Aristotle's has proved marvellously fecund; and in truth it is the only idea covering quite the whole area of cenoscopy that has shown any marked uberosity.


Related termsEdit