Fecundity

Definition: producing or capable of producing offspring; prolific

Another word for “fertility.” It also means someone with great creative output.

Why I Looked It Up

I encountered the word in Cutting for Stone.

Their gazes were flat […] noting the gap between her first and second toe which everyone knows is the only reliable gauge of fecundity.

In this context, it means when a woman has reached child-bearing age (or, given the wording here, when she is capable of having sex).

I also found at roughly the same time in Extra Life in relation to the productivity of soil:

In the right circumstances, it could be capable of staggering fecundity…

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