I. adjective 1. (of land) used or suitable for growing crops. • acres of arable land.
• open arable fields.
2. (of crops) able to be grown on arable land. • arable crops.
3. concerned with growing arable crops • arable farming.
II. noun — [ mass noun] 1. arable land or crops. • vast areas of arable and pasture.
– origin late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin arabilis, from arare ‘to plough’.