arable

adjective
ar·​a·​ble | \ ˈa-rə-bəl How to pronounce arable (audio) , ˈer-ə- \

Definition of arable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : fit for or used for the growing of crops arable land
2 British : engaged in, produced by, or being the cultivation of arable land arable farming arable farmers

arable

noun

Definition of arable (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British
: land fit or used for the growing of crops also : a plot of such land the village arable of Anglo-Saxon times

Other Words from arable

Adjective

arability \ ˌa-​rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce arable (audio) , ˌer-​ə-​ \ noun

Examples of arable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective One of its purposes was to facilitate the conversion of Florida’s Everglades into arable land, but its provisions also applied to several other states, California among them. David Owen, The New Yorker, 11 May 2022 According to the United Nations, 23 hectares of arable land are lost to drought and desertification every minute, and studies have found that aridity affects 40% of agricultural soil. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 8 May 2022 Over 42% of the continent, exclusive of the Sahara Desert, is arable land, and 60% of the population are smallholder farmers. Heather Wishart-smith, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Researchers are estimating that millions of people could suffer from malnutrition in the years following the invasion as a result of lack of arable land. Byjulia Jacobo, ABC News, 20 Apr. 2022 Nestled on arable land fed by several rivers pouring out of the nearby mountains, the valley encircling what became known as Utah Lake, seemed like the perfect place. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 Climate change has also led to sandstorms affecting these lands, covering formerly arable land and rendering it infertile. Esther Castillejo, ABC News, 5 Nov. 2021 With just three percent of Norway arable, there’s less room than meets the eye for farming or simply living. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 1 Nov. 2021 For farmers facing issues feeding enough water to all arable ground due to the cost, this is a major advantage. Brandon Silveira, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun About 13% of the land is arable, with microclimates suited to nearly every crop. The Economist, 28 May 2020 Today, the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon run the estate, spanning 5,000 acres with 4,000 acres of arable farming. Rachel King, Fortune, 17 Aug. 2019 For centuries, Knepp Castle’s 3,500-acre estate was devoted to intensive arable and dairy farming. National Geographic, 16 June 2018 Traditionally, the arable farmer has fought against two enemies: weather and weeds. Bella Bathurst, Newsweek, 29 May 2014 With the advent of arable and animal agriculture, fishing alone, of the three ancient ways of obtaining food—the other two being hunting and plant foraging—has remained vital to human civilisation. The Economist, 14 Dec. 2017 The pigs are raised in arable bliss by doting artisanal farmers (a marketing narrative orchestrated to sell consumers on the Frankenswine). Emily Poenisch, Esquire, 29 June 2017 But local governments that have relied for years on land sales to fund growth can circumvent restrictions by counting marginal land as arable, or re-zoning urban areas as farms. Bloomberg News, Bloomberg.com, 19 May 2017 April is also high season for sandstorms, a result of desertification—the transformation of arable, hospitable land into desert. National Geographic, 21 Apr. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of arable

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1576, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arable

Adjective and Noun

Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin arabilis, from arare to plow; akin to Old English erian to plow, Greek aroun

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“Arable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arable. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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arable

adjective
ar·​a·​ble | \ ˈer-ə-bəl How to pronounce arable (audio) \

Kids Definition of arable

: fit for or cultivated by plowing : suitable for producing crops arable land

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