fecund vs fertile what difference

what is difference between fecund and fertile

English

Alternative forms

  • fœcund (hypercorrect, obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle French fécond, from Latin fecundus (fertile), which is related to fētus and fēmina (woman).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɛ.kənd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfiː.kənd/
  • Rhymes: -ənd

Adjective

fecund (comparative more fecund, superlative most fecund)

  1. (formal) Highly fertile; able to produce offspring.
  2. (figuratively) Leading to new ideas or innovation.
    • 1906, Charles Sanders Pierce, “The Basis of Pragmatism in the Normative Sciences”, in The Essential Pierce: Selected Philosophical Writings, volume II, page 373
      This idea of Aristotle’s has proved marvellously fecund; and in truth it is the only idea covering quite the whole area of cenoscopy that has shown any marked uberosity.

Synonyms

  • (highly fertile): battle
  • (leading to new ideas or innovation): fertile, productive, prolific

Related terms

  • fecundity

Translations


Romanian

Etymology

From French fécond, from Latin fecundus.

Adjective

fecund m or n (feminine singular fecundă, masculine plural fecunzi, feminine and neuter plural fecunde)

  1. fruitful

Declension

Related terms

  • fecunda
  • fecunditate


English

Etymology

Middle English, from Middle French fertile, from Old French fertile, from Latin fertilis (fruitful, fertile), from ferō (I bear, carry).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɜːtaɪl/, /ˈfɜːtəl/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfɝːtəl/, /ˈfɝːtaɪl/
  • (Canada) IPA(key): /ˈfɝːtaɪl/

Adjective

fertile (comparative more fertile, superlative most fertile)

  1. (of land etc) capable of growing abundant crops; productive
  2. (biology) capable of reproducing; fecund, fruitful
  3. (biology) capable of developing past the egg stage
  4. (physics) Not itself fissile, but able to be converted into a fissile material by irradiation in a reactor.
    There are two basic fertile materials: uranium-238 and thorium-232.
  5. (of an imagination etc) productive or prolific

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:productive

Antonyms

  • barren
  • infertile

Related terms

  • fertilisation, fertilization
  • fertilise, fertilize
  • fertiliser, fertilizer
  • fertility, fertileness
  • subfertile

Translations

Further reading

  • fertile in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • fertile in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • fertile at OneLook Dictionary Search

Anagrams

  • firelet

French

Etymology

From Latin fertilem

Pronunciation

Adjective

fertile (plural fertiles)

  1. fertile

Derived terms

  • Croissant fertile

Further reading

  • “fertile” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • flétrie
  • flirtée

Italian

Etymology

From Latin fertilis, fertilem.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɛr.ti.le/

Adjective

fertile (plural fertili)

  1. fertile
    Antonym: infertile

Derived terms

  • fertilizzare
  • fertilmente

Related terms

  • fertilità

See also

  • fecondo

Further reading

  • fertile in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana

Latin

Adjective

fertile

  1. nominative neuter singular of fertilis
  2. accusative neuter singular of fertilis
  3. vocative neuter singular of fertilis

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