fertilizer

noun
fer·​til·​iz·​er | \ ˈfər-tə-ˌlī-zər How to pronounce fertilizer (audio) \

Definition of fertilizer

: one that fertilizes specifically : a substance (such as manure or a chemical mixture) used to make soil more fertile

Examples of fertilizer in a Sentence

We only use organic fertilizer in our gardens. They use chemical fertilizers on their lawn.
Recent Examples on the Web Legume cover crops act as a fertilizer and fix nitrogen into the soil. oregonlive, 3 June 2021 Farmers grabbed piles of dung to use as fertilizer while bloggers set up their phones to film themselves. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 Farmers grabbed piles of dung to use as fertilizer while bloggers set up their phones to film themselves. BostonGlobe.com, 2 June 2021 Ammonia is also produced from overapplication of fertilizer on crops such as corn. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, 11 May 2021 Endvick and Roden also reported that input costs have increased dramatically this year — in particular, the cost of fertilizer. Isabel Koyama, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 May 2021 Accordingly, these farmers are focused on how to grow more pounds of food per gallon and ounce of fertilizer applied to their soil and crops. Nav Athwal, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 Phosphorus is an essential component of fertilizer. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, 3 Apr. 2021 Phosphogypsum, a byproduct of fertilizer, is stored in the plant’s two stacks, as is industry practice. Fox News, 3 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of fertilizer

circa 1661, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fertilizer was circa 1661

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6 Jun 2021

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“Fertilizer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fertilizer. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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fertilizer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fertilizer

: a substance (such as manure or a special chemical) that is added to soil to help the growth of plants

fertilizer

noun
fer·​til·​iz·​er | \ ˈfər-tə-ˌlī-zər How to pronounce fertilizer (audio) \

Kids Definition of fertilizer

: material added to soil to make it more fertile

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