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Definition capable of producing offspring or vegetation


intellectually productive
  • 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.
  • 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
  • fecund = abundantly growing
  • 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
  • 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
  • The horizon of this vast and fecund earth began to curve.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • A deeply rutted dirt road led through a palm grove, a dark and mysterious maze, orderly, fecund.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nor are elves fecund, so it is vital that we avoid conflict among ourselves.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • ...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

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