fertile

[ fur-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl ]
/ ˈfɜr tl or, esp. British, -taɪl /

adjective

Origin of fertile

1425–75; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin fertilis fruitful, akin to ferre to bear1; see -ile

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British Dictionary definitions for fertile

fertile

/ (ˈfɜːtaɪl) /

adjective

Derived Forms

fertilely, adverbfertileness, noun

Word Origin for fertile

C15: from Latin fertilis, from ferre to bear
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Medicine definitions for fertile

fertile

[ fûrtl ]

adj.

Capable of conceiving and bearing young.
Fertilized. Used of an ovum.
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Science definitions for fertile

fertile

[ fûrtl ]

Capable of producing offspring, seeds, or fruit.
Capable of developing into a complete organism; fertilized.
Capable of supporting plant life; favorable to the growth of crops and plants.

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fertility noun
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