1. capable of reproducing;
2. intellectually productive;
- Example: "a prolific writer"
- Example: "a fecund imagination"
[syn: fecund, fertile, prolific]
3. bearing in abundance especially offspring;
- Example: "flying foxes are extremely prolific"
- Example: "a prolific pear tree"
[syn: prolific, fertile]
4. marked by great fruitfulness;
- Example: "fertile farmland"
- Example: "a fat land"
- Example: "a productive vineyard"
- Example: "rich soil"
[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 imagination. [1913 Webster] Though he in a fertile climate dwell. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) (a) Capable of producing fruit; fruit-bearing; as, fertile flowers. (b) Containing pollen; -- said of anthers. [1913 Webster] 3. produced in abundance; plenteous; ample. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Fertile, IA (city, FIPS 27390) Location: 43.26487 N, 93.42258 W Population (1990): 382 (161 housing units) Area: 2.4 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 50434 Fertile, MN (city, FIPS 20978) Location: 47.53207 N, 96.29134 W Population (1990): 853 (421 housing units) Area: 4.9 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 56540Moby 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