One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a person, animal, or plant) unable to reproduce.‘non-fertile females’
- ‘Since hoary marmots reproduce biennially, half the females are fertile and half nonfertile during any given year.’
- ‘Some ferns do have morphologically distinct fertile and nonfertile leaves.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘Nonfertile eggs are produced if there is no male to fertilize, but these eggs will not hatch.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 (of land) unable to sustain crops or vegetation.‘non-fertile ground’
barren, unfruitful, unproductive, non-productive, uncultivatable, lifeless, sterile, impoverished, aridView synonyms
- ‘It can be grown with brackish water and non-fertile land that cannot be used by other crops.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The seeds that fell on the non-fertile ground were either eaten, trampled, or grew among thorns and died shortly after.’
- ‘Old timers regarded ramshackle homes and non-fertile land as useless.’
- ‘A non-fertile farm will bring everyone to bankruptcy.’
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