fecund

[ fee-kuhnd, -kuh nd, fek-uhnd, -uh nd ]SEE DEFINITION OF fecund
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FECUND

A woman who has one child has proved that she is fecund, but has not proved that she is fertile.

A woman with six children has proved that she is not only fecund but fertile.

It was bliss, it was the nucleolating of the fecund darkness.

The fecund sap, their generative virtue, escapes and diminishes at every gleam.

Where is this fecund chaos, rich in worlds, that hides the generations that are to be?

Takes you right back to fecund mud and the first seminal atom.

Let it be the mission of all that is best in America to cement this fecund union!

Ours is, scarcely less than the British, a living and fecund system.

She seems an integral part of the prairie, broad-bosomed, fecund, opulent.

Her fecund people within a couple of generations would people the coast-line and prepare for the colonisation of the interior.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Middle French fecond, from Latin fecundus "fruitful, fertile, productive," from *fe-kwondo-, suffixed form of Latin root *fe-, corresponding to PIE *dhe(i)- "to suck, suckle," also "produce, yield" (cf. Sanskrit dhayati "sucks," dhayah "nourishing;" Greek thele "mother's breast, nipple," thelys "female, fruitful;" Old Church Slavonic dojiti "to suckle," dojilica "nurse," deti "child;" Lithuanian dele "leech;" Old Prussian dadan "milk;" Gothic daddjan "to suckle;" Old Swedish dia "suckle;" Old High German tila "female breast;" Old Irish denaim "I suck," dinu "lamb").

Also from the same Latin root come felare "to suck;" femina "woman" (*fe-mna-, literally "she who suckles"); felix "happy, auspicious, fruitful;" fetus "offspring, pregnancy;" fenum "hay" (probably literally "produce"); and probably filia/filius "daughter/son," assimilated from *felios, originally "a suckling."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FECUND

female

adjectivehaving the qualities or characteristics of a woman
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