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fertĭlis , e, adj. fero, I. B. 3..
I. Fruitful, fertile (class.; syn.: ferax, fecundus, uber).
A. Lit.
(δ). With ad: “tractus fertilis ad omnia,Plin. 2, 78, 80, § 190.—(ε) With a and abl.: “Aetna a sacro numquam non fertilis igni,Lucil. Aetna, 556.—
B. Trop., fertile, productive (poet. and in post-Aug. prose): “fertile pectus habes,Ov. Pont. 4, 2, 11: “Bacche, soles Phoebo fertilis esse tuo,Prop. 4 (5), 6, 76.tanto priscorum cura fertilior fuit,Plin. H. N. 14 praef. § 3.—
II. That makes fruitful or fertile, fertilizing (poet. and in post-Aug. prose): dea (i. e. Ceres), Ov. M. 5, 642: “Nilus,Tib. 1, 7, 22; Val. Fl. 7, 608: “majores fertilissimum in agro oculum domini esse dixerunt,Plin. 18, 6, 8, § 43.—Hence, * adv.: fertĭlĭter , fruitfully, abundantly: “derelicta (metalla) fertilius revivescunt,Plin. 34, 17, 49, § 164.
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