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