• IPA: /ˈæɹəbl̩/


  1. (agriculture, of land) Able to be plowed or tilled, capable of growing crops (traditionally contrasted with pasturable lands such as heaths).
    • 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 6, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473 ↗:
      And again, since no animal now stole, it was unnecessary to fence off pasture from arable land […]
  2. (agriculture, NGO jargon, of land) Under cultivation (within any quinquennial period) for the production of crops sown and harvested within the same agricultural year (contrasted with permanently-cropped lands such as orchards).
  • French: arable, cultivable
  • German: bebaubar
  • Italian: arabile
  • Portuguese: arável
  • Russian: па́хотный
  • Spanish: arable, cultivable

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