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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 fer·tile /ˈfɝtḷ/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 fer·tile =/ˈfɝtḷ, <ɪ>ʧɪɛflj ɑrɪtɪʃ ˈfɝˌtaɪl/= 形容詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fer·tile a.
 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) 2.0

      adj 1: capable of reproducing [ant: sterile]
      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,