Definition of arable in English:


Syllabification: ar·a·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈarəbəl


  • 1(Of land) used or suitable for growing crops.
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    • Some cyanobacteria do not require fresh water, nitrate - based fertilizer, or even arable land to grow and flourish.
    • A third of Russia's arable land lies fallow and production costs are one-third lower than those for American wheat farmers.
    • Over the rolling, variegated hills, where virulent yellow rape seed mingles with brown arable land and verdant fruit farms, a grey, murky pallor is cast.
  • 1.1(Of crops) able to be grown on suitable land.
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    • The lowland zone supported dense human communities which, given the peaceful conditions imposed by Rome, could grow a surplus of arable crops and animals.
    • Where the two kinds of terrain were found in close proximity, mixed husbandry, allowing equal or nearly equal importance to arable crops and livestock, was common.
    • Although it is predominately a dairy business, he also rears beef and grows 52 acres of arable crops.
  • 1.2Concerned with growing arable crops: arable farming
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    • Estates with relatively more grazing were more efficient than estates with relatively more arable or mixed farming.
    • If they are arable farmers they probably receive support under the Arable Area Payment Scheme.
    • Livestock farming and arable farming are both major influences on Britain's wild plant flora.
    farmable, cultivable; fertile, productive


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  • Arable land or crops.
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    • As well as the cows we have five sheep on set-aside land and arable for feed.
    • In eastern England especially, attempts were made to farm the existing arable more intensively.
    • Mr Fuller has been part of JSR Farming for about 30 years, managing arable of about 900 acres and livestock on 500 acres at Givendale.


late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin arabilis, from arare 'to plow'.

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