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 for fertile
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fertile \Fer"tile\ (? or ?; 277), a. [L. fertilis, fr. ferre to
     bear, produce: cf. F. fertile. See Bear to support.]
     1. 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.
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              Though he in a fertile climate dwell. --Shak.
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     2. (Bot.)
        (a) Capable of producing fruit; fruit-bearing; as, fertile
            flowers.
        (b) Containing pollen; -- said of anthers.
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     3. produced in abundance; plenteous; ample.
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              Henceforth, my early care . . .
              Shall tend thee, and the fertile burden ease
              Of thy full branches.                 --Milton.
  
     Syn: Fertile, Fruitful.
  
     Usage: 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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fertile
      adj 1: capable of reproducing [ant: infertile, sterile,
             unfertile]
      2: intellectually productive; "a prolific writer"; "a fecund
         imagination" [syn: fecund, fertile, prolific]
      3: bearing in abundance especially offspring; "flying foxes are
         extremely prolific"; "a prolific pear tree" [syn: prolific,
         fertile]
      4: marked by great fruitfulness; "fertile farmland"; "a fat
         land"; "a productive vineyard"; "rich soil" [syn: fat,
         fertile, productive, rich]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  90 Moby Thesaurus words for "fertile":
     abounding, abundant, affluent, all-sufficing, ample, aplenty,
     blooming, bottomless, bounteous, bountiful, bursting, bursting out,
     conceptive, conceptual, copious, creative, diffuse, effuse,
     epidemic, esemplastic, exhaustless, extravagant, exuberant, fat,
     fecund, flourishing, flush, fructiferous, fructuous, fruitful,
     full, galore, generative, generous, germinal, ideational, ideative,
     imaginative, in plenty, in quantity, inexhaustible, ingenious,
     inspired, inventive, lavish, liberal, lush, luxuriant, many,
     maximal, much, notional, numerous, opulent, original, originative,
     overflowing, plenitudinous, plenteous, plentiful, plenty, pregnant,
     prevailing, prevalent, prodigal, productive, profuse, profusive,
     proliferous, prolific, rampant, replete, rich, rife, riotous,
     running over, seminal, shaping, superabundant, swarming, teeming,
     thriving, uberous, visioned, wealthy, well-found, well-furnished,
     well-provided, well-stocked, wholesale
  
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Fertile, IA -- U.S. city in Iowa
     Population (2000):    360
     Housing Units (2000): 161
     Land area (2000):     0.940131 sq. miles (2.434927 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.940131 sq. miles (2.434927 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            27390
     Located within:       Iowa (IA), FIPS 19
     Location:             43.264704 N, 93.421176 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     50434
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Fertile, IA
      Fertile
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Fertile, MN -- U.S. city in Minnesota
     Population (2000):    893
     Housing Units (2000): 433
     Land area (2000):     1.892536 sq. miles (4.901645 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1.892536 sq. miles (4.901645 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            20978
     Located within:       Minnesota (MN), FIPS 27
     Location:             47.533529 N, 96.283303 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     56540
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Fertile, MN
      Fertile
  

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