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fertilizer

[fur-tl-ahy-zer] /ˈfɜr tlˌaɪ zər/
noun
1.
any substance used to fertilize the soil, especially a commercial or chemical manure.
2.
a person, insect, etc., that fertilizes an animal or plant:
Bees are fertilizers of flowers.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; fertilize + -er1
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Examples for fertilizer
  • Only a small fraction of natural gas goes into fertilizer production.
  • These crops are measurably increasing yields while reducing the demand for fertilizer, pesticides, and water.
  • They cost the same as a lawnmower and they'll even throw in their special blend of self-produced fertilizer.
  • Our fathers used to say that the master's eye was the best fertilizer.
  • Gardeners and other environmentally conscious people will add the leaves to a compost pile to become a natural fertilizer.
  • Local farmers haul away the leftover bedding and manure-sandy, nutrient-rich fertilizer.
  • They want cheap natural gas: they're in the fertilizer business, that's one thing.
  • His staff doesn't dress in period clothing or employ period tools or eschew fertilizer and pesticides.
  • The indiscreet fertilizer subsidy damaged the farms and politics both.
  • Or when fertilizer prices rise beyond reason with oil and gas prices.
British Dictionary definitions for fertilizer

fertilizer

/ˈfɜːtɪˌlaɪzə/
noun
1.
any substance, such as manure or a mixture of nitrates, added to soil or water to increase its productivity
2.
an object or organism such as an insect that fertilizes an animal or plant
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Word Origin and History for fertilizer
n.

1660s, "a person who fertilizes," agent noun from fertilize. As a euphemism for "manure," from 1846.

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fertilizer in Science
fertilizer
  (fûr'tl-ī'zər)   
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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