fertile

See also: Fertile

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Middle English, from Middle French fertile, from Old French fertile, from Latin fertilis (fruitful, fertile), from ferō (I bear, carry).

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fertile (comparative more fertile, superlative most fertile)

  1. Of land, etc.: capable of growing abundant crops; productive.
  2. (figuratively) Of one's imagination, etc.: active, productive, prolific.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:productive
  3. (biology)
    1. Capable of reproducing; fecund, fruitful.
      Synonym: (archaic) childing
      Antonyms: barren, infertile
      Most women at the age of fifty are not fertile.
    2. Capable of developing past the egg stage.
  4. (physics) Not itself fissile, but able to be converted into a fissile material by irradiation in a reactor.
    There are two basic fertile materials: uranium-238 and thorium-232.

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FrenchEdit

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From Latin fertilem

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fertile (plural fertiles)

  1. fertile

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin fertilis, fertilem.

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fertile (plural fertili)

  1. fertile
    Antonym: infertile

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  • fertile in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

LatinEdit

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fertile

  1. nominative neuter singular of fertilis
  2. accusative neuter singular of fertilis
  3. vocative neuter singular of fertilis