Prolific vs. Proliferous - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Prolific (adjective)

    Fertile, producing offspring or fruit in abundance — applied to plants producing fruit, animals producing young, etc.

  • Prolific (adjective)

    Similarly producing results or works in abundance

  • Proliferous (adjective)

    producing many offspring; prolific or proliferative

  • Proliferous (adjective)

    producing many buds or offshoots from leaves or flowers

  • Proliferous (adjective)

    reproducing by budding

Oxford Dictionary

  • Proliferous (adjective)

    (of a plant) producing buds or side shoots from a flower or other terminal part.

  • Proliferous (adjective)

    (of a plant or invertebrate) propagating or multiplying by means of buds or offsets.

Webster Dictionary

  • Prolific (adjective)

    Having the quality of generating; producing young or fruit; generative; fruitful; productive; - applied to plants producing fruit, animals producing young, etc.; - usually with the implied idea of frequent or numerous production; as, a prolific tree, female, and the like.

  • Prolific (adjective)

    Serving to produce; fruitful of results; active; as, a prolific brain; a controversy prolific of evil.

  • Prolific (adjective)

    Proliferous.

  • Proliferous (adjective)

    Bearing offspring; - applied to a flower from within which another is produced, or to a branch or frond from which another rises, or to a plant which is reproduced by buds or gemmæ.

  • Proliferous (adjective)

    Producing young by budding.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Prolific (adjective)

    intellectually productive;

    "a prolific writer"

    "a fecund imagination"

  • Prolific (adjective)

    bearing in abundance especially offspring;

    "flying foxes are extremely prolific"

    "a prolific pear tree"

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