|1.||capable of producing offspring|
|2.||a. (of land) having nutrients capable of sustaining an abundant growth of plants|
|b. (of farm animals) capable of breeding stock|
|a. capable of undergoing growth and development: fertile seeds; fertile eggs|
|b. (of plants) capable of producing gametes, spores, seeds, or fruits|
|4.||producing many offspring; prolific|
|5.||highly productive; rich; abundant: a fertile brain|
|6.||physics (of a substance) able to be transformed into fissile or fissionable material, esp in a nuclear reactor|
|7.||conducive to productiveness: fertile rain|
|[C15: from Latin fertilis, from ferre to bear]|
fertile fer·tile (fûr'tl)
Capable of conceiving and bearing young.
Fertilized. Used of an ovum.
|fertile (fûr'tl) Pronunciation Key