arable

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Old French arable, from Latin arābilis, formed from ar- + -ābilis (able to be). Cognate with earable (arable).

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arable (comparative more arable, superlative most arable)

  1. (agriculture, of land) Able to be plowed or tilled, capable of growing crops (traditionally contrasted with pasturable lands such as heaths).
    • 1945, George Orwell, Animal Farm, chapter 6
      And again, since no animal now stole, it was unnecessary to fence off pasture from arable land []
  2. (agriculture, NGO jargon, of land) Under cultivation (within any quinquennial period) for the production of crops sown and harvested within the same agricultural year (contrasted with permanently-cropped lands such as orchards).

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French arable, from Latin arābilis.

Pronunciation[edit]

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arable (masculine and feminine, plural arables)

  1. arable

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin arābilis.

Adjective[edit]

arable m, f

  1. arable