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fertile

1. capable of producing offspring
2. Biology
a. capable of undergoing growth and development
b. (of plants) capable of producing gametes, spores, seeds, or fruits
3. Physics (of a substance) able to be transformed into fissile or fissionable material, esp in a nuclear reactor
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The sufferings of the travellers among these savage mountains were extreme: for a part of the time they were nearly starved; at length, they made their way through them, and came down upon the plains of New California, a fertile region extending along the coast, with magnificent forests, verdant savannas, and prairies that looked like stately parks.
Indeed, all California, extending along the Pacific Ocean from latitude 19 30' to 42 north, is represented as one of the most fertile and beautiful regions in North America.
the oasis, and thence by stages to the fertile country, and so on
We have enough food and water left, if we are careful of it, for a couple of days and in that time we might stumble upon a spring or possibly even reach the fertile country which I know lies to the south.
My fertile pencil has delineated the characters I met with, at that period of my life, with a force and distinctness which my pen cannot hope to rival--has portrayed them all more or less prominently, with the one solitary exception of a prisoner called Gentleman Jones.
He got his living cultivating a small and not very fertile farm.
The situation of Windygates had been skillfully chosen in that part of the county where the fertile lowlands first begin to merge into the mountain region beyond.
Those which lie east of the Mississippi are comparatively small, are exceedingly fertile, and are always surrounded by forests.
We descended into the fertile valley of Coquimbo, and followed it till we reached an Hacienda belonging to a relation of Don Jose, where we stayed the next day.
She had been left a large fertile farm when her father died.
It was a pleasant fertile spot, well wooded, and rich in pasture.
Over this fertile and luxuriant ground the Nautilus passed with great rapidity.