fertile etymology

English word fertile comes from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-, and later Proto-Italic *ferō (Carry, bear.)

Detailed word origin of fertile

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*bʰer- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*h₁é-bʰeret Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*ferō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Carry, bear.
latum Latin (lat)
fertilis Latin (lat) Fruitful, fertile. Productive.
fertile English (eng) (biology) capable of developing past the egg stage. (biology) capable of reproducing; fecund, fruitful. (of an imagination etc) productive or prolific. (of land etc) capable of growing abundant crops; productive.

Words with the same origin as fertile

Descendants of *bʰer-
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