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1. Producing offspring or fruit in great abundance; fertile: a prolific variety of grape.
2. Producing or characterized by abundant works or results: a prolific artist; a prolific period in a writer's life. See Synonyms at fertile.

[French prolifique, from Medieval Latin prōlificus : Latin prōlēs, prōl-, offspring; see al- in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficus, -fic.]

pro·lif′i·ca·cy (-ĭ-kə-sē), pro·lif′ic·ness (-ĭk-nĭs) n.
pro·lif′i·cal·ly adv.


(prəˈlɪfɪk) or


1. producing fruit, offspring, etc, in abundance
2. producing constant or successful results
3. (often foll by: in or of) rich or fruitful
[C17: from Medieval Latin prōlificus, from Latin prōlēs offspring]
proˈlifically adv
proˈlificness, proˈlificacy n


(prəˈlɪf ɪk)

1. producing offspring, young, fruit, etc., abundantly; highly fruitful.
2. highly productive: a prolific writer.
3. characterized by abundant production: a prolific year.
[1640–50; < Medieval Latin prōlificus fertile]
pro•lif•i•ca•cy (prəˈlɪf ɪ kə si) n.
pro•lif′i•cal•ly, adv.
syn: See productive.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.prolific - intellectually productive; "a prolific writer"; "a fecund imagination"
productive - producing or capable of producing (especially abundantly); "productive farmland"; "his productive years"; "a productive collaboration"
2.prolific - bearing in abundance especially offspring; "flying foxes are extremely prolific"; "a prolific pear tree"
fruitful - productive or conducive to producing in abundance; "be fruitful and multiply"


1. productive, creative, fertile, inventive, copious a prolific writer of novels and short stories
2. fruitful, fertile, abundant, rich, rank, teeming, bountiful, luxuriant, generative, profuse, fecund Closer planting will give you a more prolific crop.
fruitful barren, sterile, fruitless, unproductive, infertile, unfruitful, unprolific


1. Capable of reproducing:
Biology: proliferous.
2. Characterized by great productivity:


[prəˈlɪfɪk] ADJprolífico


[prəʊˈlɪfɪk] adj
[writer, artist] → prolifique
[goal-scorer, run-maker] → prolifique
a prolific goal-scorer → un buteur prolifique


(= productive)fruchtbar; writer alsosehr produktiv; scorererfolgreich
(= producing young) personfruchtbar
(= abundant)zahlreich, üppig


[prəˈlɪfɪk] adj (animal) → prolifico/a; (crop) → abbondante; (writer) → fecondo/a


, prolific
a. prolífero-a, que se reproduce fácilmente.
References in classic literature ?
They were now illuminated by the morning radiance of a young child's disposition, but, later in the day of earthly existence, might be prolific of the storm and whirlwind.
The immediate cause of the decision was a somewhat sadder accident than was common, even in a career prolific in such things.
The Earth was form'd, but in the Womb as yet Of Waters, Embryon immature involv'd, Appeer'd not: over all the face of Earth Main Ocean flow'd, not idle, but with warme Prolific humour soft'ning all her Globe, Fermented the great Mother to conceave, Satiate with genial moisture, when God said Be gather'd now ye Waters under Heav'n Into one place, and let dry Land appeer.
Could that which procures a freer vent for the products of the earth, which furnishes new incitements to the cultivation of land, which is the most powerful instrument in increasing the quantity of money in a state -- could that, in fine, which is the faithful handmaid of labor and industry, in every shape, fail to augment that article, which is the prolific parent of far the greatest part of the objects upon which they are exerted?
The foolhardiness or ignorance of her officers was a prolific theme for comment whilst she remained in sight, and efforts were made to signal her to reduce sail in the face of her danger.
But Grimaud's ingenuity was more prolific than his speech, and therefore at the first halt he sold his steed and with the money obtained from the purchase took post horses.
In the mean time, Seymour Delafield, after casting one longing, lingering look at Miss Henley, became the husband of her friend, and made the fourteenth in the prolific family of the Osgoods, where his wealth was not less agreeable to the parents, than his person to the daughter.
The box was full of things he had been waiting for impatiently; a new volume of Herbert Spencer, another collection of the prolific Alphonse Daudet's brilliant tales, and a novel called "Middlemarch," as to which there had lately been interesting things said in the reviews.
A little heat, that is a little motion, is all that differences the bald, dazzling white and deadly cold poles of the earth from the prolific tropical climates.
Pepper was a bore; Rachel was an unlicked girl, no doubt prolific of confidences, the very first of which would be: "You see, I don't get on with my father.
It was Hegan, prolific of resource and suggestion, who opened Daylight's eyes to undreamed possibilities in twentieth-century warfare; and it was Daylight, rejecting, accepting, and elaborating, who planned the campaigns and prosecuted them.
Out of the plentiful spawn of life she flung from her prolific hand she selected only the best.