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nitrogen-fixing

[nahy-truh-juh n-fik-sing]
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  1. involved in or aiding the process of nitrogen fixation.

Origin of nitrogen-fixing

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for nitrogen-fixing

Historical Examples

  • Nitrogen-fixing bacteria also add to the stores of nitrogen compounds.

    The Enclosures in England

    Harriett Bradley

  • Such plants as are hosts for the nitrogen-fixing bacteria are planted early in the season.

    A Civic Biology

    George William Hunter

  • The soil must be well ventilated to supply nitrogen for the nitrogen-fixing germs and oxygen for the nitrifying germs.

    The First Book of Farming

    Charles L. Goodrich

  • To do their work well the nitrogen-fixing germs and the nitrifying germs require certain conditions.

    The First Book of Farming

    Charles L. Goodrich

  • This they do not of their own power but through the aid of very minute plants called bacteria or nitrogen-fixing germs.

    The First Book of Farming

    Charles L. Goodrich