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prolific

[pruh-lif-ik] /prəˈlɪf ɪk/
adjective
1.
producing offspring, young, fruit, etc., abundantly; highly fruitful:
a prolific pear tree.
2.
producing in large quantities or with great frequency; highly productive:
a prolific writer.
3.
profusely productive or fruitful (often followed by in or of):
a bequest prolific of litigations.
4.
characterized by abundant production:
a prolific year for tomatoes.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Medieval Latin prōlificus fertile. See prolicide, -fic
Related forms
prolificacy
[pruh-lif-i-kuh-see] /prəˈlɪf ɪ kə si/ (Show IPA),
prolificity
[proh-luh-fis-i-tee] /ˌproʊ ləˈfɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
prolificness, noun
prolifically, adverb
nonprolific, adjective
nonprolificness, noun
nonprolificacy, noun
nonprolifically, adverb
overprolific, adjective
overprolificness, noun
overprolifically, adverb
unprolific, adjective
unprolificness, noun
unprolifically, adverb
Synonyms
1, 2. teeming, fecund, abundant. See productive.
Antonyms
1. barren.
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British Dictionary definitions for over prolific

prolific

/prəˈlɪfɪk/
adjective
1.
producing fruit, offspring, etc, in abundance
2.
producing constant or successful results
3.
often foll by in or of. rich or fruitful
Derived Forms
prolifically, adverb
prolificness, prolificacy, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin prōlificus, from Latin prōlēs offspring
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Word Origin and History for over prolific

prolific

adj.

1640s, from French prolifique (16c.), from Medieval Latin prolificus, from Latin proles "offspring" + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Latin proles is contracted from *pro-oles, from PIE *pro-al-, from *pro- "forth" (see pro-) + *al- "to grow, nourish" (see old). Related: Prolifical (c.1600).

Prolific is in common use, but to make a satisfactory noun from it has passed the wit of man. [Fowler]

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