- fertilized, as an egg or ovum; fecundated.
- capable of growth or development, as seeds or eggs.
- capable of producing sexual reproductive structures.
- capable of causing fertilization, as an anther with fully developed pollen.
- having spore-bearing organs, as a frond.
- ferry bridge,
- fertile crescent,
- fertile period,
Origin of fertile
Examples from the Web for fertile
At present, not every woman is young enough, fertile enough, or healthy enough to have a baby using her own eggs or her own womb.
The ground was fertile, with alluvial, or unconsolidated, soil.
Some parts were arid, nearly barren, others green and fertile.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas|Nick Kotz|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not even the most fertile imagination could have conjured a better monster-in-the-dark than IS.
Of course the Internet, where the cat is king, has proved a fertile breeding ground for these ventures.
In the case of the fertile fronds only the upper portion produces the clusters of spore cases.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
Calyx of the sterile flowers 4-parted, of the fertile 4-toothed.
I had to pass over, I was informed, the most fertile and best cultivated tract of country in Norway.Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark|Mary Wollstonecraft
During the lifetimes of the temporary lakes enough sediment was deposited in them to form the basis for fertile soils.Area Handbook for Albania|Eugene K. Keefe
In the island of Guadaloupe there are mountains and fertile plains; it is watered by beautiful streams.De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2)|Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
- (of land) having nutrients capable of sustaining an abundant growth of plants
- (of farm animals) capable of breeding stock
- capable of undergoing growth and developmentfertile seeds; fertile eggs
- (of plants) capable of producing gametes, spores, seeds, or fruits
Word Origin for fertile
mid-15c., from Middle French fertil and directly from Latin fertilis "bearing in abundance, fruitful, productive," from ferre "to bear" (see infer). Fertile Crescent (1914) was coined by U.S. archaeologist James H. Breasted (1865-1935).