Definition of fecundate in English:

fecundate

Syllabification: fe·cun·date
Pronunciation: /ˈfekənˌdāt
 
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verb

[with object]
1Fertilize: there were no insects to fecundate flowering plants
More example sentences
  • They used to fecundate their palm-trees in order to make them more fruitful.
1.1 literary Make fruitful: he actuates and fecundates our souls
More example sentences
  • By 1784 he was describing in plaintive terms how the English were constantly making new discoveries: ‘The whole of nature is unceasingly studied, requested, worked upon, fecundated, husbanded.’
  • While McKinney's fecundating prose absolutely shimmers with style, his tendencies toward self-indulgence, exaggeration, and excess ultimately undo the volume's many promising strands of thought.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin fecundat- 'made fruitful', from the verb fecundare, from fecundus 'fruitful'.

Derivatives

fecundation

Pronunciation: /ˌfēkənˈdāSHən/
noun
More example sentences
  • This year the Italian Parliament passed a law obstructing stem cell research that was supposed to ‘protect’ women who are going through assisted fecundation.
  • Scientist say that they need at least 20 white-flag dolphins to carry out artificial fecundation and ensure the quality of the offspring.
  • The church ought to take existing traditional cultures more seriously, and work for their mutual fecundation.

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