Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be acquainted, another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:
Fertility can be potential or actual. Fertile soil has a capacity to produce bumper crops; a fertile couple has the capacity to produce children. While fecund (pronounced FECK-und or FEE-kund) is synonymous with fertile, the word suggests production that has already occurred. A close synonym would be prolific.The noun form is fecundity. As is so often the case, the word has figurative senses as well as literal ones.