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fertilize

Pronunciation: /ˈfɜːrtlaɪz; ˈfɜːtɪlaɪz/

Translation of fertilize in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 [Biology/Biología] [egg/plant/cell] fecundar
    Example sentences
    • Biologists knew from studies on a wide range of animals that males compete with other males to fertilize eggs and that females choose potential mates based on the males' appearance and, perhaps, even on their sperm.
    • The male then fertilizes the eggs and the female keeps them in her mouth for a few days until they hatch, thus earning the epithet mouth-brooder.
    • This procedure is repeated until all the eggs are laid, with the male looping himself round the female each time to fertilize the eggs as she lays them.
    1.2 [field/soil/crop] abonar, fertilizar*
    Example sentences
    • At the end of the nineteenth century, burning forest biomass to clear land and fertilize the soil was used only occasionally on the Continent.
    • They will build a dam for the cattle to drink from, and they will fertilize the soil with manure.
    • When the only other dead member of our party died, we buried him in the soil to fertilize the land.

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