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used in The Grapes of Wrath

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recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
  • Casy suggested elaborately, "Maybe Tom'll kill the fatted calf like for the prodigal in Scripture."
    Chapter 4 (98% in)
prodigal = the person, in the commonly referenced Christian parable, The Prodigal Son

Editor's notes:
  • A parable is a story told to teach a moral lesson.
  • The Prodigal Son is a parable about extreme forgiveness.
  • In the parable, a "fatted calf" is killed and served at a feast.
  • This is a common usage of prodigal; though it more generally refers to anyone (not just The Prodigal Son) who is recklessly wasteful; or perhaps long absent.
There are no more uses of "prodigal" in The Grapes of Wrath.

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