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Definition of "nitrogen-fixing" []

  • The conversion of atmospheric nitrogen into nitrogen compounds by certain bacteria, such as Rhizobium in the root nodules of legumes (noun)
  • A process, such as the Haber process, in which atmospheric nitrogen is converted into a nitrogen compound, used esp for the manufacture of fertilizer (noun)
  • Describing something, normally a plant or microbe, able to convert inorganic nitrogen into a form usable in the biosphere. (adjective)

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Use "nitrogen-fixing" in a sentence
  • "FORERO: The corn with the greener leaves, he said, was inoculated with nitrogen-fixing bacteria."
  • "One "miracle tree" we often use in our projects, the aliso tree, has nitrogen-fixing roots that fertilize the crops and high-protein leaves that feed cows and pigs."
  • "Finally, we also need to plant millions of nitrogen-fixing native locust trees, which, remarkably enough, would at least begin the painfully slow process of reclaiming ruined land currently lying sallow."