Fer"tile [L. fertilis, fr. ferr to bear, produce: cf. F. fertile. See Bear to support.]
Producing fruit or vegetation in abundance; fruitful; able to produce abundantly; prolific; fecund; productive; rich; inventive; as, fertile land or fields; a fertile mind or imagination.
Though he in a fertile climate dwell.
2. Bot. (a)
Capable of producing fruit; fruit-bearing; as, fertile flowers.
Containing pollen; -- said of anthers.
produced in abundance; plenteous; ample.
Henceforth, my early care . . .
Shall tend thee, and the fertile burden ease
Of thy full branches.
Syn. -- Fertile, Fruitful. Fertile implies the inherent power of production; fruitful, the act. The prairies of the West are fertile by nature, and are turned by cultivation into fruitful fields. The same distinction prevails when these words are used figuratively. A man of fertile genius has by nature great readiness of invention; one whose mind is fruitful has resources of thought and a readiness of application which enable him to think and act effectively.
© Webster 1913.