fecundity [fɪˈkʌndɪti] n.
1.) Of female animals: The faculty of reproduction, the capacity for bringing forth young; productiveness.
2.) (Bot.) The faculty or power of germinating.
3.) Of the earth: The quality of producing abundantly; fertility.
4.) Productiveness in general, the faculty or power of being fruitful, fertility: of both material and immaterial things.
5.) The capacity for making fruitful or productive, fertilizing power (Oxford English Dictionary 2nd Ed.).
Etymology: adopted from French fecond, an adaptation of the Latin fēcundus, meaning fruitful. In the 16th century the spelling was refashioned after the Latin.
"He held here enclosed, soft, unutterably soft, and with the unrelaxing softness of fate, the relentless softness of fecundity. She quivered, and quivered, like a tense thing that is struck. But he held her all the time, soft, unending, like darkness closed upon her, omnipresent as the night. He kissed her, and she quivered as if she were being destroyed, shattered. The lighted vessel vibrated, and broke in her soul, the light fell, struggled, and went dark. She was all dark, will-less, having only the receptive will" (The Rainbow, D. H. Lawrence, 1915).