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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a large number of natural and synthetic materials, including manure and nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium compounds, spread on or worked into soil to increase its capacity to support plant growth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A natural substance that is used to make the ground more suitable for growing plants.
  • n. A chemical compound created to have the same effect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who fertilizes; the agent that carries the fertilizing principle, as a moth to an orchid.
  • n. That which renders fertile; a general name for commercial substances which make plants grow better, as manure, guano, phosphate of lime, ammonium nitrate, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which fertilizes; specifically, a manure, whether organic or inorganic: as, guano is a powerful fertilizer. Also spelled fertiliser.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any substance such as manure or a mixture of nitrates used to make soil more fertile

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