Fruitful Fruit"ful, a. Full of fruit; producing fruit abundantly; bearing results; prolific; fertile; liberal; bountiful; as, a fruitful tree, or season, or soil; a fruitful wife. -- {Fruit"ful*ly}, adv. -- {Fruit"ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth. --Gen. i. 28. [1913 Webster]

[Nature] By disburdening grows More fruitful. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The great fruitfulness of the poet's fancy. --Addison.

Syn: Fertile; prolific; productive; fecund; plentiful; rich; abundant; plenteous. See {Fertile}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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