1) ADJ-GRADED A prolific writer, artist, or composer produces a large number of works.

She is a prolific writer of novels and short stories...

During the Seventies, Rundgren was astonishingly prolific.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A prolific sports player scores a lot of goals or wins a lot of matches or races.

Another prolific scorer is Dean Saunders.

3) ADJ-GRADED An animal, person, or plant that is prolific produces a large number of babies, young plants, or fruit.

They are prolific breeders, with many hens laying up to six eggs.

...a prolific crop of creamy gold coloured pods.

4) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ If animals are prolific somewhere, there are a lot of them there. [FORMAL]

All the big game congregate here, and birdlife is particularly prolific.


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  • prolific — PROLÍFIC, Ă, prolifici, ce, adj. (Despre fiinţe) Care se înmulţeşte foarte repede. ♦ Care are facultatea de a se înmulţi. – Din fr. prolifique. Trimis de oprocopiuc, 22.04.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  PROLÍFIC adj. 1. prăsitor, (pop.) puios, (reg.)… …   Dicționar Român

  • 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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Having the quality of generating; producing young or fruit;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prolific — is derived from the Latin word proles meaning ‘offspring’, and is properly applied to someone or something that produces either offspring or something compared to offspring such as writings, works of art, etc. Like many adjectives in English (e.g …   Modern English usage

  • prolific — [prō lif′ik, prəlif′ik] adj. [Fr prolifique < ML prolificus < L proles (gen. prolis), offspring < pro , PRO 2 + base of alere, to nourish (see ALIMENT) + facere, to make, DO1] 1. producing many young or much fruit 2. turning out many… …   English World dictionary

  • prolific — I adjective abundant, breedy, copious, creative, fecund, feracious, fertile, fruitbearing, fruitful, generative, philoprogenitive, procreative, productive, profuse, progenitive, proliferative, proliferous, rich, teeming, verbose, wordy, yielding… …   Law dictionary

  • prolific — 1640s, from Fr. prolifique, from M.L. prolificus, from L. proles offspring + root of facere to make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). L. proles is from PIE *pro al , from *pro forth (see PRO (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • prolific — fruitful, *fertile, fecund Analogous words: teeming, swarming, abounding (see TEEM): generating, breeding, propagating, reproducing or reproductive (see corresponding verbs at GENERATE) Antonyms: barren, unfruitful …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prolific — [adj] fruitful, productive abounding, abundant, bountiful, breeding, copious, creative, fecund, fertile, generating, generative, luxuriant, profuse, proliferant, rank, reproducing, reproductive, rich, spawning, swarming, teeming, yielding;… …   New thesaurus

  • prolific — ► ADJECTIVE 1) producing much fruit or foliage or many offspring. 2) (of an artist, author, etc.) producing many works. 3) plentiful. DERIVATIVES prolifically adverb. ORIGIN Latin prolificus, from proles offspring …   English terms dictionary

  • prolific — pro|lif|ic [prəˈlıfık] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: prolifique, from Latin proles; PROLETARIAN] 1.) a prolific artist, writer etc produces many works of art, books etc ▪ Handel s prolific output of opera 2.) a prolific sports player… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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