Definition of fertile
- fertile fields of corn and oats
- a fertile mind
- fertile soil
- damp bathrooms are fertile ground for fungi
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- a fertile area for research
- a fertile egg
- fertile trees
- fertile uranium 238
an area that is a fertile breeding ground for political extremism
This subject remains a fertile field for additional investigation.
He has a fertile mind.
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: producing many plants or crops : able to support the growth of many plants
: producing a large amount of something
: producing many ideas
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