- capable of producing crops; suitable for farming; suited to the plow and for tillage: arable land; arable soil.
- land that can be or is cultivated.
Origin of arable
Examples from the Web for arable
Water, food and arable land will be more scarce, cities more crowded and hunger more widespread.Pope Francis Is Wrong About My Child-Free Life
June 6, 2014
You will, by accident listening to the show, become an expert-not-really in matters of arable farming, organic crops, and milking.America, Presenting Your New Addiction: ‘The Archers’
April 25, 2014
Tusser also describes this use of land alternately as pasture and arable.The Enclosures in England
This addition to the arable land has been a great boon to the people.Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877
Out of the arable land he took only what was his due, and refused to take more.The Forged Coupon and Other Stories
The quantity of cereals has increased in proportion to the arable land.The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know
Thomas Forsyth Hunt
He gave them arable land to sow corn in, and let them apply their crops to their own use.Erling the Bold
- (of land) being or capable of being tilled for the production of crops
- of, relating to, or using such landarable farming
- arable land or farming
Word Origin and History for arable
early 15c., "suitable for plowing" (as opposed to pasture- or wood-land), from Old French arable (12c.), from Latin arabilis, from arare "to plow," from PIE *are- "to plow" (cf. Greek aroun, Old Church Slavonic orja, Lithuanian ariu "to plow;" Gothic arjan, Old English erian, Middle Irish airim, Welsh arddu "to plow;" Old Norse arþr "a plow"). Replaced by late 18c. native erable, from Old English erian "to plow," from the same PIE source.