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infertileadjective

uk   /ɪnˈfɜː.taɪl/  us   /-ˈfɝː.t̬əl/
An infertile ​person, ​animal, or ​plant cannot have ​babies, ​produceyoung, or ​produce new ​plants: It has been ​estimated that one in eight ​couples is infertile. Infertile ​land or ​soil is not good enough for ​plants or ​crops to ​grow well there: Poor ​farmers have little ​choice but to ​try to ​growfood in this infertile soil.
infertility
noun [U] uk   /ˌɪn.fəˈtɪl.ɪ.ti/  us   /-fɚˈtɪl.ə.t̬i/
male/​female infertility
(Definition of infertile from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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infertileadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ɪnˈfɜr·təl/
(of ​people or ​animals) not ​able to ​produceyoung, or (of ​land) of ​poorquality for ​growingcrops: an infertile ​couple infertile ​soil
infertility
noun [U]  us   /ˌɪn·fərˈtɪlt·ɪ̬·i/
(Definition of infertile from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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