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What is the definition of fertile?


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Answered 2015-09-30 16:58:04

Fertile Land

Fertile means able to grow crops, or arable. Early civilizations developed where rivers overflowed their banks to add silt that provided nutrients to the soil.

Fertility in Animals and Humans

Animals are said to be fertile if they can bear young. While fertilization is by the sperm of male animals, fertility is usually applied to the eggs of the female and their subsequent ability to grow or mature.

Other Uses

The word is used as a metaphor for the source of prolific or productive efforts (fertile mind, fertile environment). It generally refers to land that is used to grow crops. Fertile meaing that the land is ready and able to have seed planted. Can also refer to the ability of a female to bear young. Land which is able to bear crops. Also can mean an animal that is able to bear young.
able to become pregnant

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