from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Fit for cultivation, as by plowing.
- n. Land fit to be cultivated.
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- adj. suitable for cultivation, such as by ploughing
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Fit for plowing or tillage; -- hence, often applied to land which has been plowed or tilled.
- n. Arable land; plow land.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Fit for plowing or tillage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of farmland) capable of being farmed productively
Because these cities exist in arable and agriculturally poor conditions, experts conclude that they primarily relied on the salt industry for economic and agrarian support acquired through exchange.
My background is in arable farming so I haven't needed to be an expert on sugarbeet beyond knowing that we're being threatened by cheap Brazilian sugarbeet and that the government is threatening the industry's future by opting for huge price cuts in the price of sugarbeet when the EU changes the system in 2006.
I suspect future price growth won't be quite as fast as some are predicting, although over the long term arable is going to continue to attract investors.
41The other way to gain arable land was reclamation.
Of the 57.5 million square miles of land on the planet, only 7.65 are arable, that is, suitable for farming.
Thus, often so-called arable lands will have to be planted again with other crops.
His three acres lay tilted skyward at the point where the rocks of the Honan mountains met what might charitably be called the arable fields.
Suriname arable land: 0. 37\% permanent crops: 0. 06\% other: 99. 57\% (2001)
Suriname arable land: 0. 36\% permanent crops: 0. 06\% other: 99. 58\% (2005)
Horsemen are galloping on the turf at the edge of the arable, which is doubtless heavy going.