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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fertile  \Fer"tile\  (?  or  ?;  277),  a.  [L.  fertilis,  fr  ferr?  to 
  bear,  produce:  cf  F.  fertile.  See  {Bear}  to  support.] 
  1.  Producing  fruit  or  vegetation  in  abundance;  fruitful;  able 
  to  produce  abundantly;  prolific;  fecund;  productive;  rich; 
  inventive;  as  fertile  land  or  fields;  a  fertile  mind  or 
  imagination. 
 
  Though  he  in  a  fertile  climate  dwell.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  (Bot.) 
  a  Capable  of  producing  fruit;  fruit-bearing;  as  fertile 
  flowers. 
  b  Containing  pollen;  --  said  of  anthers. 
 
  3.  produced  in  abundance;  plenteous;  ample. 
 
  Henceforth,  my  early  care  .  .  .  Shall  tend  thee,  and 
  the  fertile  burden  ease  Of  thy  full  branches. 
  --Milton. 
 
  Syn:  {Fertile},  {Fruitful}. 
 
  Usage:  Fertile  implies  the  inherent  power  of  production; 
  fruitful,  the  act  The  prairies  of  the  West  are 
  fertile  by  nature,  and  are  turned  by  cultivation  into 
  fruitful  fields.  The  same  distinction  prevails  when 
  these  words  are  used  figuratively.  A  man  of  fertile 
  genius  has  by  nature  great  readiness  of  invention;  one 
  whose  mind  is  fruitful  has  resources  of  thought  and  a 
  readiness  of  application  which  enable  him  to  think  and 
  act  effectively. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fertile 
  adj  1:  capable  of  reproducing  [ant:  {infertile}] 
  2:  intellectually  productive;  "a  prolific  writer";  "a  fecund 
  imagination"  [syn:  {fecund},  {prolific}] 
  3:  bearing  in  abundance  especially  offspring;  "flying  foxes  are 
  extremely  prolific";  "a  prolific  pear  tree"  [syn:  {prolific}] 
  4:  marked  by  great  fruitfulness;  "fertile  farmland";  "a  fat 
  land";  "a  productive  vineyard";  "rich  soil"  [syn:  {fat},  {productive}, 
  {rich}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Fertile,  IA  (city,  FIPS  27390) 
  Location:  43.26487  N,  93.42258  W 
  Population  (1990):  382  (161  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.4  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  50434 
  Fertile,  MN  (city,  FIPS  20978) 
  Location:  47.53207  N,  96.29134  W 
  Population  (1990):  853  (421  housing  units) 
  Area:  4.9  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  56540 




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