[syn: fat, fertile, productive, rich]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fertile \Fer"tile\ (? or ?; 277), a. [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
Though he in a fertile climate dwell. --Shak.
(a) Capable of producing fruit; fruit-bearing; as, fertile
(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
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
90 Moby Thesaurus words for "fertile":
abounding, abundant, affluent, all-sufficing, ample, aplenty,
blooming, bottomless, bounteous, bountiful, bursting, bursting out,
conceptive, conceptual, copious, creative, diffuse, effuse,
epidemic, esemplastic, exhaustless, extravagant, exuberant, fat,
fecund, flourishing, flush, fructiferous, fructuous, fruitful,
full, galore, generative, generous, germinal, ideational, ideative,
imaginative, in plenty, in quantity, inexhaustible, ingenious,
inspired, inventive, lavish, liberal, lush, luxuriant, many,
maximal, much, notional, numerous, opulent, original, originative,
overflowing, plenitudinous, plenteous, plentiful, plenty, pregnant,
prevailing, prevalent, prodigal, productive, profuse, profusive,
proliferous, prolific, rampant, replete, rich, rife, riotous,
running over, seminal, shaping, superabundant, swarming, teeming,
thriving, uberous, visioned, wealthy, well-found, well-furnished,
well-provided, well-stocked, wholesale