Origin of fertilizer
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Examples from the Web for fertilizer
So the candidate stood up on the fertilizer mound and gave his speech.The Daily Show President: Obama's Edgy Humor
July 5, 2014
When it was harvested en masse, it was frequently ground up as fertilizer.My Big, Buttery Lobster Roll Rumble: We Came, We Clawed, We Conquered
June 7, 2014
Initial testing of the fertilizer was positive; the Sanergy plot yielded 30% more sorghum than a non-fertilized plot.
This year, it will begin to sell its fertilizer to farmers, and aims to have 1,000 toilets in use by the end of 2015.
Police in Thailand recently investigated a case in which five human skulls were found in a fertilizer bag.Burundi’s Black Market Skull Trade
January 26, 2014
From it we get the whalebone, oil and also a fertilizer to help our farm crops to grow.Where We Live
Emilie Van Beil Jacobs
Alfred stood at the window with the canvas containing the mass of fertilizer.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
The menhaden-catch of the North Atlantic is converted into fertilizer.
Fertilizer manufactured from the refuse is an incidental product.
The phosphatic slag from this process is used as fertilizer.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
- any substance, such as manure or a mixture of nitrates, added to soil or water to increase its productivity
- an object or organism such as an insect that fertilizes an animal or plant
Word Origin and History for fertilizer
1660s, "a person who fertilizes," agent noun from fertilize. As a euphemism for "manure," from 1846.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Any of a large number of natural and synthetic materials, including manure and compounds containing nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, spread on or worked into soil to increase its capacity to support plant growth. Synthetic fertilizers can greatly increase the productivity of soil but have high energy costs, since fossil fuels are required as a source of hydrogen, which is necessary to fix nitrogen in ammonia.
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