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[fi-kuhn-di-tee] /fɪˈkʌn dɪ ti/
the quality of being fecund; capacity, especially in female animals, of producing young in great numbers.
fruitfulness or fertility, as of the earth.
the capacity of abundant production:
fecundity of imagination.
Origin of fecundity
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin fēcunditās fruitfulness, fertility. See fecund, -ity
Related forms
nonfecundity, noun
superfecundity, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fecundity
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  • It is certain that this fecundity was a very potent factor in the development of the Dutch School of painting.

    Six Centuries of Painting Randall Davies
  • Eggs are the symbols of fecundity and the renewal of life in the spring.

    More Science From an Easy Chair Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
  • fecundity is the end he proposes, and he rewards with intoxicating delights those who contribute to the fulfilment of his designs.

    The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
  • On a stool was the unfinished model of fecundity swathed in wet cloths.

  • The fecundity of Mrs. Moulton's mind was by no means the least surprising of the good gifts with which nature had endowed her.

    Louise Chandler Moulton Lilian Whiting
  • Therefore we ask for your opinions on the question of the power of adaptation in fecundity.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • And besides, the exact degree of the fecundity of these animals is far from being known.

  • It can continue only by the infinity of number, the very excess of its fecundity.

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • The fecundity of the French Canadian race is such that this method of reprisal on the cur is not rare.

  • Pan represents the universal world, and he is the emblem of fecundity.

    Fiends, Ghosts, and Sprites John Nettin Radcliffe
British Dictionary definitions for fecundity


fertility; fruitfulness
intellectual fruitfulness; creativity
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Word Origin and History for fecundity

early 15c., from Latin fecunditatem (nominative fecunditas) "fruitfulness, fertility," from fecundus (see fecund).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fecundity in Medicine

fecundity fe·cun·di·ty (fĭ-kŭn'dĭ-tē)
The capacity for producing offspring, especially in abundance.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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