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Meaning of FERTILE

Pronunciation:  'furtl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  capable of reproducing
  2. [adj]  marked by great fruitfulness; "fertile farmland"; "a fat land"; "a productive vineyard"; "rich soil"
  3. [adj]  bearing in abundance especially offspring; "flying foxes are extremely prolific"; "a prolific pear tree"
  4. [adj]  intellectually productive; "a prolific writer"; "a fecund imagination"

FERTILE is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: fat, fecund, fertilised, fertilizable, fertilized, impregnated, inseminated, prolific, rank, rich
 Antonyms: infertile, unfertile
 See Also: conceptive, fruitful, potent, productive, strong



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fer"tile\ (? or ?; 277), a. [L. fertilis, fr. ferr? to
bear, produce: cf. F. fertile. See {Bear} to support.]
1. Producing fruit or vegetation in abundance; fruitful; able
   to produce abundantly; prolific; fecund; productive; rich;
   inventive; as, fertile land or fields; a fertile mind or

         Though he in a fertile climate dwell. --Shak.

2. (Bot.)
   (a) Capable of producing fruit; fruit-bearing; as, fertile
   (b) Containing pollen; -- said of anthers.

3. produced in abundance; plenteous; ample.

         Henceforth, my early care . . . Shall tend thee, and
         the fertile burden ease Of thy full branches.

Syn: {Fertile}, {Fruitful}.

Usage: Fertile implies the inherent power of production;
       fruitful, the act. The prairies of the West are
       fertile by nature, and are turned by cultivation into
       fruitful fields. The same distinction prevails when
       these words are used figuratively. A man of fertile
       genius has by nature great readiness of invention; one
       whose mind is fruitful has resources of thought and a
       readiness of application which enable him to think and
       act effectively.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Able to conceive and bear offspring.
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