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Date: 1600-1700
Language: 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 produces a lot of runs, goals etc:
the most prolific goalscorer this decade
3 an animal or plant that is prolific produces many babies or many other plants
4 existing in large numbers:
the prolific bird life
prolifically adverb

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