Choose the right word
prevalent, abundant, common, copious, plentiful, prevailing, rife
Wildflowers might be prevalent in the mountains during the spring months, but a particular type of wildflower might be the prevailing one. Prevalent, in other words, implies widespread occurrence or acceptance in a particular place or time ( a prevalent belief during the nineteenth century), while prevailing suggests that something exists in such quantity that it surpasses or leads all others in acceptance, usage, or belief ( the prevailing theory about the evolution of man). Wildflowers might also be abundant in the valleys—a word that, unlike prevalent and prevailing, is largely restricted to observations about a place and may suggest oversupply ( an abundant harvest; indications of decay were abundant). Plentiful, on the other hand, refers to a large or full supply without the connotations of oversupply ( a country where jobs were plentiful). If wildflowers are rife, it means that they are not only prevalent but spreading rapidly ( speculation was rife among the soldiers); if they're copious, it means they are being produced in such quantity that they constitute a rich or flowing abundance ( weep copious tears). What often happens, with wildflowers as well as with other beautiful things, is that they become so abundant they are regarded as common, a word meaning usual or ordinary ( the common cold). Like prevalent, common can apply to a time as well as a place ( an expression common during the Depression). But neither abundant nor common connotes dominance as clearly as prevalent does.