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The technology proved to be a fecund breeding ground for democracy-minded activists.
  capable of producing offspring or vegetation

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\>intellectually productive
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  • The technology proved to be a fecund breeding ground for democracy-minded activists.
  • She has a fecund imagination.
  • Further dialogue is unlikely to prove fecund.
  • The order was one of the most monumental and sweeping to be promulgated since the "final solution" itself was hatched in the fecund brains of the Nazi thaumaturges: that is, the recently built gas chambers and crematoriums of Birkenau would be employed solely for the extermination of Jews.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Nor are elves fecund, so it is vital that we avoid conflict among ourselves.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Quite possibly he was unconcerned about his escape routes having been cut off; indeed, at the time there was little reason for him to worry: It was the height of summer, the country was a fecund riot of plant and animal life, and his food supply was adequate.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • To say: "the plant wills," instead of: "the plant grows": this would be fecund in results, indeed, if we were to add: "the universe wills."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • His arms were crossed, his forehead rested upon them, in his nostrils the damp rich odor of the dark and fecund earth.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • A deeply rutted dirt road led through a palm grove, a dark and mysterious maze, orderly, fecund.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • And also it was a marvel to see in that castle how by magic they make a compost out of fecund wheatkidneys out of Chaldee that by aid of certain angry spirits that they do in to it swells up wondrously like to a vast mountain.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • And in the hush that had fallen suddenly upon the whole sorrowful land, the immense wilderness, the colossal body of the fecund and mysterious life seemed to look at her, pensive, as though it had been looking at the image of its own tenebrous and passionate soul.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • The fecund air lavished upon their faces the tenderness of lovers’ adoring hands, the dissolving fragrance of the opened world, which slept against the sky.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • The city has a smell, a fecund musk of aristocracy, with the wine and the history of the lowcountry aging beneath the verandahs, the sweetly decadent odors of lost causes.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • …colossal work of one man and one people, all together one and complex, like the Iliads and the Romanceros, whose sister it is; prodigious product of the grouping together of all the forces of an epoch, where, upon each stone, one sees the fancy of the workman disciplined by the genius of the artist start forth in a hundred fashions; a sort of human creation, in a word, powerful and fecund as the divine creation of which it seems to have stolen the double character,—variety, eternity.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The horizon of this vast and fecund earth began to curve.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • The water moistened a small swale that lay beneath the spot, which yielded, in return for the fecund gift, a scanty growth of grass.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Of late the old affix /-ize/, once fecund of such monsters as /to funeralize/, has come into favor again, and I note, among its other products, /to belgiumize/, /to vacationize/, /to picturize/ and /to scenarioize/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • It retains traces of its fecund secret; nor can there be any doubt that Freemasonry has its hand in world politics, just as there is more to our charming Herr Settembrini than the man himself— standing behind him are powers, whose kin and emissary he is.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The boat fairly flew; we sweltered side by side in the stagnant superheated air; the smell of mud, of mush, the primeval smell of fecund earth, seemed to sting our faces; till suddenly at a bend it was as if a great hand far away had lifted a heavy curtain, had flung open un immense portal.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Virgin continents, raw wildernesses, fecund jungles, killing deserts, frozen tundras, and implacable mountains lay just beyond the city gates, and the human race was again going out where the street lights do not shine, out where there was no friendly cop on the corner nor indeed a corner, out where there were no well-hung, tender steaks, no boneless hams, no packaged, processed foods suitable for delicate minds and pampered bodies.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • And now, whetted intemperately by what he had felt, he began, at school, in that fecund romance, the geography, to breathe the mixed odors of the earth, sensing in every squat keg piled on a pier-head a treasure of golden rum, rich port, fat Burgundy; smelling the jungle growth of the tropics, the heavy odor of plantations, the salt-fish smell of harbors, voyaging in the vast, enchanting, but unperplexing world.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • 3 Fecund America—today, Thou art all over set in births and joys!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Now it was still, quiet, the fecund earth now coolly suspirant.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • The supply is so large that connoisseurship has grown up; an extra-fecund slang-maker on the press has his following.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • No study is more efficacious and more fecund in instruction.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • ’I must do this more often,’ he thinks, feeling the intermittent sun, the heat, smelling the savage and fecund odor of the earth, the woods, the loud silence.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • His life was like that river, rich with its own deposited and onward-borne agglutinations, fecund with its sedimental accretions, filled exhaustlessly by life in order to be more richly itself, and this life, with the great purpose of a river, he emptied now into the harbor of his house, the sufficient haven of himself, for whom the gnarled vines wove round him thrice, the earth burgeoned with abundant fruit and blossom, the fire burnt madly.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • It seems to him that he can see, feel, about him the ghosts of rich fields, and of the rich fecund black life of the quarters, the mellow shouts, the presence of fecund women, the prolific naked children in the dust before the doors; and the big house again, noisy, loud with the treble shouts of the generations.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • I had forgotten the illness which my native state had so rapidly undergone; bloated by war profits, the obscenely fecund urban squalor of Fairfax County swept across my vision like an hallucinated recapitulation of Fort Lee, New Jersey, and the sprawling concrete blight which only the day before I thought I was leaving behind forever.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It seems to him that he can see, feel, about him the ghosts of rich fields, and of the rich fecund black life of the quarters, the mellow shouts, the presence of fecund women, the prolific naked children in the dust before the doors; and the big house again, noisy, loud with the treble shouts of the generations.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • I remember the battalions beginning to move out, the call of cadence, the shape of the dark chapel, the fecund smell of the Corps’s trampled grass, the shadows of missiles and tanks, the flag illuminated high above second battalion, above the clock, the pavement, the sound of my footsteps on the pavement; but I do not remember the act of running.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The water moistened a small swale that lay beneath the spot, which yielded, in return for the fecund gift, a scanty growth of grass.
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  The Prairie
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