prolific[prō lif′ik, prə-]
- An example of prolific is a mother cat who has a more than an average amount of litters per year.
- An example of prolific is a writer who produces an abundance of material.
The definition of prolific is being fruitful or producing abundant amounts of anything.
- producing many young or much fruit
- turning out many products of the mind: a prolific scholar or poet
- fruitful; abounding: often with in or of
Origin of prolificFrench prolifique ; from Medieval Latin prolificus ; from Classical Latin proles (gen. prolis), offspring ; from pro-, pro- + base of alere, to nourish (see aliment) + facere, to make, do
- Producing offspring or fruit in great abundance; fertile: a prolific variety of grape.
- Producing or characterized by abundant works or results: a prolific artist; a prolific period in a writer's life. See Synonyms at fertile.
Origin of prolificFrench prolifique, from Medieval Latin prōlificus : Latin prōlēs, prōl-, offspring; see al-2 in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficus, -fic.
- pro·lif′i·ca·cy , pro·lif′ic·ness
(comparative more prolific, superlative most prolific)