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procreant

[proh-kree-uh nt] /ˈproʊ kri ənt/
adjective
1.
procreating or generating:
a sufficiently procreant breed of fish; a procreant cause.
2.
pertaining to procreation.
Origin of procreant
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin prōcreant- (stem of prōcreāns), present participle of prōcreāre to breed. See procreate, -ant
Related forms
unprocreant, adjective
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  • These squadrons use the carcase as a procreant cradle, and thus ensure the nourishment of the larvæ so soon as they are hatched.

    The Dwelling House George Vivian Poore
  • But this "procreant cradle" of a bird in the arms of the fanged desert growth softens its aspect a little.

    The Last Harvest John Burroughs
  • The strongest and most procreant contact is that which takes place between two creative minds.

    Auguste Rodin Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Seed time and harvest, as old as the procreant earth and as new as the latest sunrise, are his to conjure.

    The Apple-Tree L. H. Bailey
  • There was a time when the spring came on in a fulness, when the procreant impulse stirred awake.

    A Woman of Genius Mary Austin
  • The male incubates and rears the young; and the procreant habits seem altogether like those of Rhea americana.

Word Origin and History for procreant
adj.

"fruitful," 1580s, from Latin procreantem (nominative procreans), present participle of procreare "to beget" (see procreation). As a noun from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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