from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Capability of being cultivated; fitness for cultivation.

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  • noun The capacity for land to produce or support vegetation.

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  • noun the quality of land that is appropriate for cultivation


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  • Copper, zinc and other heavy metals are particularly troublesome, in that accumulations may actually threaten the long-term arability of the land for certain crops (peanuts in particular) or result in lagoon sludge which could approach, or conceivable exceed, hazardous waste levels.

    Testimony To Congress On Agricultural Animal Waste Regulations 1997

  • The region does not possess the arability and suitability for crops such as corn and soybeans that are common in the Central Irregular Plains to the northeast.

    Ecoregions of the United States-Level III (EPA) 2009

  • Soils in this ecoregion are thicker than in those to the north and generally lack the arability of soils in adjacent ecoregions to the south.

    Ecoregions of the United States-Level III (EPA) 2009

  • Conditions for the world's farmers are only expected to worsen in years ahead as populations burgeon, the effects of climate change decrease their lands 'arability, and fresh water becomes scarcer.

    Dan Glickman: The G-8 Announcement on Agricultural Development: Can it Save the World From Hunger? 2009

  • Soils are formed primarily from sandy and loamy glacial drift material and generally lack the arability of those in adjacent ecoregions to the south.

    Ecoregions of Wisconsin (EPA) 2009

  • Those would not commence until early or the first half of 2010 and of course any net new deals after general arability would be on the new architecture but then we would have to go back and upgrade all of our existing customers and that will be a several year process. Home Page 2009


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