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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a prolific author (=one who writes many books)
▪ She is also a prolific author with more than 70 books published.
a prolific writer (=someone who writes a lot of books etc)
▪ He was a prolific writer of everything from poems to essays.
▪ These mixtures are earlier growing and more prolific than meadow-grass, and can be more difficult to make into top-quality hay.
▪ Oxford, Cambridge, and Durham researchers tend to be more prolific than the others.
▪ The family was one of the most prolific in the parish, but in the end the male line withered.
▪ One of the most prolific and popular of these authors was Laura Jean Libbey.
▪ When it came to designing jewellery, Edward Burne-Jones was probably the most prolific of the Pre-Raphaelite group.
▪ It is a bold and dazzling performance by one of the best and most prolific writers in Britain today.&038;.
▪ They are the most prolific source of cortical synapses in most areas of the cortex.
▪ Some of Britain's most prolific bidders may have lost some of their confidence after recent setbacks.
▪ The Chaloners were one of the most prolific families in Myddle.
▪ Bracy Clark was a prolific writer.
▪ The music is by Ben Lanzarone, a prolific writer of television scores.
▪ He was also a prolific writer on management.
▪ He was a great and prolific writer of everything from poems and personal memoirs to dazzling essays on painting and photography.
▪ Rolle was a prolific writer in Latin about his mystical theology.
▪ She was extremely bright, articulate, a prolific writer.
▪ Ansle is a prolific writer of more than 200 romances.
▪ As an artist, Benton was prolific - more than 1,900 drawings were found in his studio after his death.
▪ Since then, Hull has become hockey's most prolific scorer.
▪ Strawberries are prolific in the area.
▪ Bracy Clark was a prolific writer.
▪ Papworth was both a prolific and multifarious designer.
▪ The discovery well produced a prolific flow of 19.4 million cubic feet of gas from depths of almost 300 feet.
▪ The family was one of the most prolific in the parish, but in the end the male line withered.
▪ The have a great offensive line and a prolific runner in Terrell Davis.
▪ These mixtures are earlier growing and more prolific than meadow-grass, and can be more difficult to make into top-quality hay.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Prolific \Pro*lif"ic\, a. [F. prolifique, fr. L. proles offspring (from pro for, forward + the root of alere to nourish) + facere to make. See Adult, Old, and Fact.]

  1. Having the quality of generating; producing young or fruit; generative; fruitful; productive; -- applied to plants producing fruit, animals producing young, etc.; -- usually with the implied idea of frequent or numerous production; as, a prolific tree, female, and the like.

  2. Serving to produce; fruitful of results; active; as, a prolific brain; a controversy prolific of evil.

  3. (Bot.) Proliferous.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s, from French prolifique (16c.), from Medieval Latin prolificus, from Latin proles "offspring" + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Latin proles is contracted from *pro-oles, from PIE *pro-al-, from *pro- "forth" (see pro-) + *al- "to grow, nourish" (see old). Related: Prolifical (c.1600).\n\nProlific is in common use, but to make a satisfactory noun from it has passed the wit of man. [Fowler]


a. 1 fertile, producing offspring or fruit in abundance — applied to plants producing fruit, animals producing young, etc. 2 Similarly producing results or works in abundance

  1. adj. intellectually productive; "a prolific writer"; "a fecund imagination" [syn: fecund, fertile]

  2. bearing in abundance especially offspring; "flying foxes are extremely prolific"; "a prolific pear tree" [syn: fertile]

Usage examples of "prolific".

The Anglophone tradition in this century, which in almost every other respect has made a powerful and prolific contribution to revolutionary historiography, has a particularly egregious record of silent embarrassment, rather as though a dinner guest had met with an unfortunate but inexplicable accident in the college common room.

Challoner quite saw the force of all this, and was at once prolific of plans for the acquiring of a suitable gown, and exclamatory over the pleasure in store for her daughter.

Early in the history of the TPI Mansion site, when the population began to boom, misbehaving users became more prolific.

Alpinadorans that the only thing that had kept the fierce and prolific goblins from overrunning the entire northland was their inability to band together.

Once Hitler was embroiled with Russia, this happy state might have been almost indefinitely prolonged with ever-growing benefits, and Mussolini might have stood forth in the peace or in the closing year of the war as the wisest statesman the sunny peninsula and its industrious and prolific people had known.

In its ground germs it was, it seems to us, unquestionably imported into Celtic thought and Cymrian song from that prolific and immemorial Hindu mind which bore Brahmanism and Buddhism as its fruit.

Low levels, damp surroundings, and marshy localities not only breed malaria and fevers, but are a prolific cause of colds, coughs, and consumption.

Fido, distinguished and prolific author, scholar, criminologist, and now good friend, for his extraordinary contributions to the Jack the Ripper case and our understanding of it, as well as his general good counsel.

Heliades for the premature death of their brother, are the golden shower full of prolific hope, in which Zeus descends from the brazen vault of Heaven into the bosom of the parched ground.

He created a body of work rich enough for the most prolific of careers and he packed in enough adventure for three lifetimes: getting onstage at fourteen, skipping college, gobbling up books, philosophies, films, music, carrying on hundreds of intense friendships, inspiring his peers, making his first appearance on Letterman at twenty-two, searching for UFOs, eating passionately, going vegan, drinking, smoking, tripping, getting sober at twenty-six, playing guitar, singing the blues, writing movies, and, through it all, crossing the country hundreds of times telling his truth.

Among the reasons why they so persistently hunted the earl, his air of a smart correctness shadowed by this new absurdity invited them, as when a spot of mud on the trimmest of countenances arrests observation: Humour plucked at him the more for the good faith of his handsome look under the prolific little disfigurement.

As for the mating cycles, biologists have tracked one family of collared cats through three prolific generations.

Campana and Gordigiani were prolific composers of romanzas and canzonettas of a popular type.

About four days after the receipt of the despatches to which the conference of Captain Lake and the attorney referred, there came a letter from the same prolific correspondent, dated 20th March, from Genoa, which altogether puzzled Mr.

Thou sun, prolific parent of a thousand various productions, by whose genial heat they are nurtured, and whose radiant beams give chearfulness and beauty to the face of nature, first of all the existences of this material universe acknowledge him thy superior, and while thou dispensest a thousand benefits to the inferior creation, ascribe thine excellencies solely to the great source of beauty and perfection!