The definition of fertile is someone or something capable of reproducing and also is the production of many new ideas.adjective
- An example of someone who would be described as fertile is a woman who has ten kids.
- An example of something that would be described as fertile is the imagination of a person who is constantly coming up with new ideas.
- producing abundantly; rich in resources or invention; fruitful; prolific
- causing or helping fertility: the sun's fertile warmth
- able to produce young, seeds, fruit, pollen, spores, etc.
- capable of development into a new individual; fertilized: fertile eggs
Origin: ME < OFr < L fertilis < stem of ferre, bear
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- Biology a. Capable of initiating, sustaining, or supporting reproduction.b. Capable of growing and developing; able to mature: a fertile egg.
- Botany Bearing functional reproductive structures such as seeds or fruit or material such as spores or pollen.
- Bearing or producing crops or vegetation abundantly; fruitful.
- Rich in material needed to sustain plant growth: fertile soil.
- Highly or continuously productive; prolific: a fertile imagination; a fertile source of new ideas.
- Physics Capable of producing fissionable material: fertile thorium 232.
Origin: Middle English fertil, from Old French fertile, from Latin fertilis, from ferre, to bear; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
- ferˈtile·ly adverb
- ferˈtile·ness noun
fertile - Medical Definition
- Capable of conceiving and bearing young.
- Fertilized. Used of an ovum.
fertile - Science Definition
- 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.
- fertility fertility noun
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