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.
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’|Tim Teeman|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Every village must be self-supporting, and therefore an equilibrium of arable and pasture will be established in every village.Domesday Book and Beyond|Frederic William Maitland
About 70 percent of the increase in cultivated land was added to arable acreage.Area Handbook for Albania|Eugene K. Keefe
Indeed, the rocks and "drift" of a district give character to its arable surface.The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom|P. L. Simmonds
This addition to the arable land has been a great boon to the people.Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877|James Kennedy
The house would, of course, go with the arable land and a mile or two of pasture beyond it.Out on the Pampas|G. A. Henty
Word Origin 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.