arable (adj.) early 15c., "suitable for plowing" (as opposed to pasture- or wood-land), from O.Fr. arable (12c.), from L. arabilis, from arare "to plow," from PIE *are- "to plow" (Cf. Gk. aroun, O.C.S. orja, Lith. ariu "to plow;" Goth. arjan, O.E. erian, M.Ir. airim, Welsh arddu "to plow;" O.N. arþr "a plow"). Replaced by late 18c. native erable, from O.E. erian "to plow," from the same PIE source.

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