Origin of fecundMiddle English fecound from Old French fecond from Classical Latin fecundus, fertile: for Indo-European base see fetus
A woman who can get pregnant is an example of someone who would be described as fecund.
- a. Capable of producing offspring or vegetation; fruitful: The study compared demographic characteristics of infertile women with those who were fecund. “The smell of mud, of mush, the primeval smell of fecund earth, seemed to sting our faces” ( Joseph Conrad )b. Characterized by or suggestive of fertility: The large aphids were more fecund than the smaller ones. “Deep in the end of the back yard, the blossoming peach tree shone like a celestial sentinel. The fecund air lavished upon their faces the tenderness of a lover's adoring hands” ( James Agee )
- Characterized by intellectual productivity: a fecund mind. See Synonyms at fertile.
Origin of fecundMiddle English from Old French fecond from Latin fēcundus ; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more fecund, superlative most fecund)
From Middle French fécond, from Latin fecundus (“fertile”), which is related to fētus and fēmina (“woman”).
- The cache-sexe can be traced to the Paleolithic period, where stone carvings of fecund women, such as the Venus of Lespugue, depict panels of string fore and aft.
- From fecund egg to ravenous caterpillar (larva) to metamorphosing pupa to parental adult, the butterfly's life is profoundly meaningful.
- Diniz, who had been educated by Amyeric of Cahors, proved himself the most fecund poetking of his day, though the pleiad of fidalgos forming his court, and the jograes who flocked there from all parts, were fewer in number, less productive, and lacked the originality, vigour and brilliance of the singers who versified round Alphonso III.