1. Containing plenty; copious; abundant; ample; as, a plentiful harvest; a plentiful supply of water.
2. Yielding abundance; prolific; fruitful.
If it be a long winter, it is commonly a more plentiful year.Bacon.
3. Lavish; profuse; prodigal. [Obs.]
He that is plentiful in expenses will hardly be preserved fromBacon.
Plen"ti*ful*ly, adv. Plen"ti*ful*ness, n.
(Plen"ty) n.; pl. Plenties in Shak. [OE. plentee, plente, OF. plenté, fr. L. plenitas, fr. plenus
full. See Full, a., and cf. Complete.] Full or adequate supply; enough and to spare; sufficiency; specifically,
abundant productiveness of the earth; ample supply for human wants; abundance; copiousness. "Plenty of
corn and wine." Gen. xxvii. 28. "Promises Britain peace and plenty." Shak.
Houses of office stuffed with plentee.Chaucer.
The teeming clouds Descend in gladsome plenty o'er the world.Thomson.
Syn. Abundance; exuberance. See Abundance.
(Plen"ty), a. Plentiful; abundant. [Obs. or Colloq.]
If reasons were as plenty as blackberries.Shak. (Folio ed.)
Those countries where shrubs are plenty.Goldsmith.
(||Ple"num) n. [L., fr. plenus full.] That state in which every part of space is supposed to be
full of matter; opposed to vacuum. G. Francis.
(Ple`o*chro"ic) a. Having the property of pleochroism.
(Ple*och"ro*ism) n. [Gr. mor + color.] (Crystallog.) The property possessed by some
crystals, of showing different colors when viewed in the direction of different axes.
(Ple*och`ro*mat"ic) a. Pleochroic.
(Ple`o*chro"ma*tism) n. Pleochroism.
(Ple*och"ro*ous) a. Pleochroic.
(Ple`o*mor"phic) a. Pertaining to pleomorphism; as, the pleomorphic character of bacteria.
(Ple`o*mor"phism) n. [Gr. more + form.]
1. (Crystallog.) The property of crystallizing under two or more distinct fundamental forms, including
dimorphism and trimorphism.
2. (Biol.) The theory that the various genera of bacteria are phases or variations of growth of a number
of Protean species, each of which may exhibit, according to undetermined conditions, all or some of the
forms characteristic of the different genera and species.