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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fertile \Fer"tile\ (? or ?; 277), adjective [L. fertilis, fr. ferre 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) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

fertile

adjective

1: capable of reproducing [ant: {infertile}, {sterile}, {unfertile}]

2: intellectually productive; "a prolific writer"; "a fecund imagination" [syn: {fecund}, {fertile}, {prolific}]

3: bearing in abundance especially offspring; "flying foxes are extremely prolific"; "a prolific pear tree" [syn: {prolific}, {fertile}]

4: marked by great fruitfulness; "fertile farmland"; "a fat land"; "a productive vineyard"; "rich soil" [syn: {fat}, {fertile}, {productive}, {rich}]


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