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fertile

[ fur-tl or, especially British, -tahyl ]
/ ˈfɜr tl or, especially British, -taɪl /
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adjective

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Origin of fertile

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English (from Middle French ), from Latin fertilis “fruitful,” akin to ferre “to bear”; see bear1, -ile

synonym study for fertile

1-3. See productive.

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British Dictionary definitions for fertile

fertile
/ (ˈfɜːtaɪl) /

adjective

Derived forms of fertile

fertilely, adverbfertileness, noun

Word Origin for fertile

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

fertile
[ fûrtl ]

adj.

Capable of conceiving and bearing young.
Fertilized. Used of an ovum.
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Scientific 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.

Other words from fertile

fertility noun
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