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I lack ample knowledge of Latin to piece together a proper equivalent phrase of the following: "Greatly fruitful," or "Great bounty"; in the context of referring to a food being very nutritious.

Here's what I've came up with; are these accurate?

Magnus frux
Frux magnus

  • Welcome! I suggest taking a look at some online dictionaries and trying to find good words. For example, you can check if magnus and frux mean the thing you want. We can maybe suggest some words and help combine the words together, but your input helps us help you. – Joonas Ilmavirta Oct 12 '16 at 21:40
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To add to the previous suggestions, the first word that came to my mind was almus, -a, -um, which Lewis and Short glosses as:

nourishing, affording nourishment, cherishing (poet. epithet of Ceres, Venus, and other patron deities of the earth, of light, day, wine, etc.; cf. Bentl. ad Hor. S. 2, 4, 13).—Hence, genial, restoring, reviving, kind, propitious, indulgent, bountiful, etc.

It's used, for instance, to describe vites (vines):

Si deerunt, rarum pecorique et vitibus almis
aptius uber erit (Verg. G. 2, 233)

Other complementary words are uber, -is, which means "full, fruitful, fertile, abundant, plentiful, copious, productive," or fecundus, -a, -um, though these words are perhaps more appropriate in the context of living things than of food.

  • almus, uber, fecundus seem to me to describe only the source (e.g. ager) or provider (e.g. Ceres) of the fructus (or fruges — the sing. frux is not often seen). I think we need a more precise input from the questioner — does he want to describe the source, or the product? – Tom Cotton Oct 13 '16 at 15:20
  • @TomCotton Yeah, I can see that, but then again it's the tree, not the fruit, that is fruitful :) – brianpck Oct 13 '16 at 15:21
  • I could suggest that he has strawberries in mind! We really ought to have a bit more information from him. – Tom Cotton Oct 13 '16 at 15:31
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It's better to use single words of the intended meaning when they are available, as in this case, rather than invent phrases.

fructuosus means actually yielding plentiful fruit.

frugifer simply means yielding fruit, its superlative frugiferrimus being virtually the same as fructuosus.

'Very nourishing' is expressed by something like maximi alimenti, (roughly) 'of greatest alimentary value'.

  • I can't find any occurrences of frugerrimus as the superlative...do you have any examples? – brianpck Oct 13 '16 at 13:42
  • Thanks — it should, of course, be frugiferrimus, formed regularly as in celer, celerrimus. – Tom Cotton Oct 13 '16 at 14:40
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You asked for an adjective for greatly fruitful, but then you also mention the noun phrase, great bounty, and the Latin noun, frux.

Fruitfulness, bounty and being filled with goodness are all part of the meaning of the Cornu Copiae, the horn of the goddess, Copia; also called the Horn of Plenty or cornucopia in English. Perhaps, this answer is obvious and overused in our culture, however.

Other goddesses like Fortuna and Pax are depicted holding the Cornu Copiae. Here you can see a statue of Tyche (Greek Τύχη), the counterpart of the Roman goddess, Fortuna, holding the horn of plenty:

Source: http://www.maicar.com/GML/000Images/tim/tyche2132.jpg

Cornu Copiae corresponds to the Greek Κέρας Ἀμαλθείας, the horn of Amalthea (Greek: Αμαλθεια), the goat who fostered and nursed Zeus. He broke off one of her horns and the story goes that he then promised to fill it with good things to repair his mistake.

Lewis and Short gives explanation and ancient sources under the entry for cornu, cornus- the horn of an animal:

Cornu Copiae (less correctly, but freq. in late Lat., as one word, Cornūcōpĭae , and twice Cornūcōpĭa , ae, f., Amm. 22, 9, 1; 25, 2, 3), acc. to the fable, the horn of the goat Amalthea placed in heaven, Greek Κέρας Ἀμαλθείας (v. Amalthea), the emblem of fruitfulness and abundance, Plaut. Ps. 2, 3, 5; Gell. 14, 6, 2; cf. Hor. C. 1, 17, 16; id. C. S. 60; id. Ep. 1, 12, 29; Ov. M. 9, 88.

Addendum: Tellus Mater or Terra Mater, Mother Earth, is also depicted holding the Cornu Copiae on her lap with children by her side.

Tellus Mater / Gaia

  • Good suggestion! Do you want to include the picture here in the answer or just give the link? – Joonas Ilmavirta May 14 '17 at 21:39
  • Oh, I am not good with technology. If you know how to put the picture in, please edit it for me! – user1466 May 14 '17 at 21:42
  • I put it in. Feel free to re-edit to format to your liking! – Joonas Ilmavirta May 14 '17 at 21:49
  • Gratias tibi ago, @JoonasIlmavirta! I also figured out how to add a photo. I just needed a little push in that direction. I am interested in the connection between Tellus Mater and Alma Mater (with regard to education) and may post a question about that. – user1466 May 14 '17 at 23:16

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