Definition of non-fertile in English:



  • 1(of a person, animal, or plant) unable to reproduce.

    ‘non-fertile females’
    • ‘Was the number of fertile women admitted to the hospital outside the maternity ward really that much higher than the number of non-fertile women and men?’
    • ‘Some ferns do have morphologically distinct fertile and nonfertile leaves.’
    • ‘Since hoary marmots reproduce biennially, half the females are fertile and half nonfertile during any given year.’
    • ‘One could hypothesize that an improvement in sex life may be a result of paying attention to fertile and nonfertile days and then having more sex than before on nonfertile days.’
    • ‘Nonfertile eggs are produced if there is no male to fertilize, but these eggs will not hatch.’
    1. 1.1 (of land) unable to sustain crops or vegetation.
      ‘non-fertile ground’
      • ‘The success of his new farming methods can be seen by the abundant harvesting of crops on land that had previously been considered non-fertile soil.’
      • ‘It can be grown with brackish water and non-fertile land that cannot be used by other crops.’
      • ‘Old timers regarded ramshackle homes and non-fertile land as useless.’
      • ‘The seeds that fell on the non-fertile ground were either eaten, trampled, or grew among thorns and died shortly after.’
      • ‘A non-fertile farm will bring everyone to bankruptcy.’
      barren, unfruitful, unproductive, non-productive, uncultivatable, lifeless, sterile, impoverished, arid
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