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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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1 (6) EWE 0 51 1 49 PGR ([dagger]) DA = days to anthesis, DS = days to silking, PHT = plant height, EHT = ear height, IPRO = prolificacy index, TII = tiller index, LOD = lodging, RBE = ratio biomass-ear, RBI = residual biomass, ELHT = ear length, GTH = grain thickness, GLE = grain length, GWI = grain width, W100 = weight of 100 kernels, GWE = grain weight per ear, EWE = ear weight, PGR = percentage of grain weight out of ear's total.
Mechanisms of prolificacy are likely to involve reproductive endocrine factors and genes that have been conserved throughout evolution.
For example, after the switch from hand to machine harvest, starting in the late 1930s, it has been repeatedly shown that prolificacy is highly and positively correlated with grain yield (Russell, 1984; Carlone and Russell, 1987; Subandi, 1990; Duvick, 1997), although prolificacy can also be associated with poor stalk strength and standability (Carena et al.
2007a) have shown that the economic values for fertility (conception rate), prolificacy (number of lambs born) and milk yield was higher for cheese-seller farms than for milk-seller farms.
This result suggests that the age at puberty and prolificacy have no inevitable association in nature, which, of course, needs further confirmation in other pig breeds.
Unlike some heritage breed choices, their medium size, reasonable growth rate, prolificacy, and great mothering skills mean higher ratios of weaned piglets per breeder with lower breeder maintenance costs.
All of above results revealed the association of INHA to the prolificacy in goats.
What is unique here is that Ortega's interest is focused on the repercussions of a highly technical instrumental context for architects, beyond the conventional fascination with formal prolificacy or the productive efficiency of digital tools.
But the Picasso hype can't just be put down to his prolificacy.
This susceptibility comes from an ever increasing pressure to publish for promotions for academicians; and for researchers, prolificacy, due to the competitive nature of research grants.