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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.
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Noun1.prolificacy - the property of producing abundantly and sustaining vigorous and luxuriant growth; "he praised the richness of the soil"; "weeds lovely in their rankness"
fruitfulness, fecundity - the quality of something that causes or assists healthy growth


The quality or state of being fertile:
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The core component of our technology is a genetic biochip specifically designed for the analysis in blood samples of those genetic markers that affect swine prolificacy (litter size at birth).
This will require introducing a prolificacy gene but the thought process in trialling this system is as much to do with grass utilisation as increased output as this flock would be used to take the residuals down lower than we can with our current ewes at mating and give us a longer rest period to help grass covers at lambing.
These results show that investing in inputs that allow improvements in the technical efficiency of the breeding can be advantageous, such as in the case of supplementing lambs with concentrates to improve weight gain, supplementing ewes to increase prolificacy or reduce lambing interval, in using fertilizers or limestone to intensify the use of pastures, in applying vaccines and other medicines to enable reductions in pre-weaning mortality, or in purchasing breeding rams with proven genetic potential for productivity gains.
Unusually the ram was one of quads born to a quality ewe that has a track record of both success and prolificacy.
The state of publishing today and my need to get these great stories out to the public had more to do with their release dates than my prolificacy," adds Mayer.
There are many things to admire in Rossini: his skill in mastering the form of both opera buffa and opera seria, his almost mythical prolificacy, his inspired melodies, his unstoppable rhythm and his knack for comic situation in his opera buffa," Carlo explains.
Ridley Scott, 76, has mirrored Scorsese in prolificacy.
However, their lack of prolificacy in front of goal was evident again as Everton restricted the hosts to few chances as time ebbed away.
Ansari said that Haraprasad Das is amongst the most versatile literary figures in contemporary Indian literature, and his versatility and prolificacy can be gauged from his creations.
Race and (re)productivity" thus refer to a constellation of terms that make up Italian racial discourse in this period: race, stock, people, but also a rhetoric of biological and labor prolificacy and fecundity, of degeneration and dismemberment.
Finally, the prize for Extraordinary Commitment to Cinematic Prolificacy goes to boxer Amir Khan, who was accused of starring in three sex tapes.
Walking through the beautifully refurbished corridors and some of the 22 rooms in total, marvelling at the puzzling, humorous, bizarre but always original works, we're struck by the sheer prolificacy of the surrealist guru.