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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.
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.
From these several reasons, namely, the improbability of man having formerly got seven or eight supposed species of pigeons to breed freely under domestication; these supposed species being quite unknown in a wild state, and their becoming nowhere feral; these species having very abnormal characters in certain respects, as compared with all other Columbidae, though so like in most other respects to the rock-pigeon; the blue colour and various marks occasionally appearing in all the breeds, both when kept pure and when crossed; the mongrel offspring being perfectly fertile;--from these several reasons, taken together, I can feel no doubt that all our domestic breeds have descended from the Columba livia with its geographical sub-species.
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.
This valley, like every other in Chile, is level, broad, and very fertile: it is bordered on each side, either by cliffs of stratified shingle, or by bare rocky mountains.
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.