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fēcundus (sometimes erroneously foecund-and faecund-, but v. Varr. ap. Gell. 16, 12 fin., and ap. Non. 54, 8), a, um, adj. from ‡ feo, whence also fetus, femina, fenus, etc., cf. felix,
I.fruitful, fertile (of plants and animals).—Constr. with abl., gen., or absol. (with gen. only poet. and in post-Aug. prose).
B. Transf.
1. Rich, abundant, abounding in any thing (mostly poet. and in post-Aug. prose): “fecundi calices quem non fecere disertum?Hor. Ep. 1, 5, 19; cf. “fons,” i. e. copious, Ov. M. 14, 791: “legere fecundis collibus herbas,plentifuliy furnished, thickly studded, id. ib. 14, 347: “fecundissima gens,rich in agricultural products, Plin. Pan. 31, 6: “(specus) Uberibus fecundus aquis,Ov. M. 3, 31; cf.: “fecunda melle Calymne,id. ib. 8, 222: “viscera (Tityi) poenis,” i. e. constantly renewed, Verg. A. 6, 598: “Echidna, fecunda poenis viscera trahens,Ambros. in Tob. 12, 41: “nigris Meroe fecunda colonis,Luc. 10, 303: “cingula monstris,Val. Fl. 6, 470.— With gen.: “Aemilium genus fecundum bonorum civium,Tac. A. 6, 27 fin.
2. Making fruitful, fertilizing (only poet. and in post-Aug. prose): “imber,Verg. G. 2, 325; cf. “Nilus,Plin. 5, 9, 10, § 54: “excipe fecundae patienter verbera dextrae, i. e. the blows with a thong of skin given to women by the luperci, and which were supposed to promote fruitfulness,Ov. F. 2, 427; cf. Serv. Verg. A. 8, 343; and: “quam (Danaën) implevit fecundo Juppiter auro,Ov. M. 4, 698.—
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