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proliferous

[pruh-lif-er-uh s] /prəˈlɪf ər əs/
adjective
2.
Botany.
  1. producing new individuals by budding or the like.
  2. producing an organ or shoot from an organ that is itself normally the last, as a shoot or a new flower from the midst of a flower.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Medieval Latin prōlifer bearing offspring + -ous. See prolicide, -ferous
Related forms
nonproliferous, adjective
unproliferous, adjective
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Examples for proliferous
  • The amount of gold it produced was miniscule, but the stock certificates were proliferous, and glittered.
  • proliferous construction of small sewage plants should be halted.
  • The metropolitan plan calls for halting the practice of proliferous construction of small sewage plants.
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proliferous

/prəˈlɪfərəs/
adjective
1.
(of plants) producing many side branches or offshoots and normally reproducing vegetatively by buds or by plantlets produced in the inflorescence
2.
(of certain animals) reproducing by means of buds, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin prōlifer having offspring
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