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  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of fertilise.


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  • Kistemaeckers rightly observes that this form of mating is peculiar, some kind of inherited illusion of paternity; the male is not the real father of the tadpoles but only an impersonal provider of the chemical environment which is what really fertilises the ova.

    The War with the Newts 2006

  • The valley for two or three miles from the sea is nearly level, very fertile, and walled in by palis 250 feet high, much grooved vertically, and presenting fine layers of conglomerate and grey basalt; and the Hanapepe winds quietly through the region which it fertilises, a stream several hundred feet wide, with a soft, smooth bottom.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago Isabella Lucy 2004

  • Yesterday was the first day of our coming here; we have a few of what they say are called field – tents pitched among the trees on the bank of an ample brook that fertilises all these meadows; last night we spread these nets in the trees here to snare the silly little birds that startled by the noise we make may fly into them.

    Don Quixote 2002

  • "People who despise traditional healers and call them scum and rubbish should be reminded that the rubbish of this world fertilises the plants and makes it go green."

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2001

  • He produces the sperm which fertilises the egg to begin a new life.

    Chapter 5 1995

  • The man's sperm meets and fertilises the egg inside the fallopian tube.

    Chapter 5 1995

  • Our labour tills the soil, our dung fertilises it, and yet there is not one of us that owns more than his bare skin.

    Animal Farm Orwell, George, 1903-1950 1971

  • To obtain double varieties, the raiser fertilises certain fine and striking single flowers, with the pollen of other equally fine single blooms, and the desired result is obtained.

    Vegetable Teratology An Account of the Principal Deviations from the Usual Construction of Plants Maxwell T. Masters

  • Kalenzia range, and near it are the ruins of an ancient town, and as the water trickles on towards the lagoon it fertilises the country exceedingly, and its banks are rich in palms and other trees.

    Southern Arabia Mabel Bent

  • Down goes the skin bucket as the donkey comes up a steep slope in the ground, and then, as he goes down, up it comes again full of water, to be guided into the channel, which fertilises the trees, by a slave, who supports himself going up, and adds his weight to that of the descending donkey, by putting his arm through a large wooden ring hung at the donkey's shoulder.

    Southern Arabia Mabel Bent


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