- The definition of fecund is someone capable of getting pregnant and giving birth, or is being capable of having large amounts of offspring.
A woman who can get pregnant is an example of someone who would be described as fecund.
Origin of fecundMiddle English fecound ; from Old French fecond ; from Classical Latin fecundus, fertile: for Indo-European base see fetus
- a. Capable of producing offspring or vegetation; fruitful: “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: “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”).