fertile

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Middle English, from French and 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. (biology) capable of reproducing; fecund, fruitful
    Most women at the age of fifty are not fertile.
  3. (biology) 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.
  5. (of an imagination etc) productive or prolific

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French[edit]

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From Latin fertilem

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fertile (plural fertiles)

  1. fertile

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Italian[edit]

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From Latin fertilis, fertilem

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fertile (masculine and feminine plural fertili)

  1. fertile

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

Latin[edit]

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fertile

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