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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
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The quality or state of being fertile:
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