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al·fal·fa

 (ăl-făl′fə)
n.
A southwest Asian perennial herb (Medicago sativa) in the pea family, having compound leaves with three leaflets and clusters of usually blue-violet flowers. It is widely cultivated as a pasture and hay crop.

[Spanish, from Arabic al-faṣfaṣa : al-, the + faṣfaṣa, alfalfa (variant of fiṣfiṣa, ultimately (probably via Coptic p-espesta : p-, masculine sing. definite article + espesta, alfalfa) from Aramaic espestā, from Middle Persian aspast, from Old Iranian aspasti- : *aspa-, horse; see ekwo- in Indo-European roots + *-sti-, food, fodder; see ed- in Indo-European roots).]

alfalfa

(ælˈfælfə)
n
(Plants) a leguminous plant, Medicago sativa, of Europe and Asia, having compound leaves with three leaflets and clusters of small purplish flowers. It is widely cultivated for forage and as a nitrogen fixer and used as a commercial source of chlorophyll. Also called: lucerne
[C19: from Spanish, from Arabic al-fasfasah, from al the + fasfasah the best sort of fodder]

al•fal•fa

(ælˈfæl fə)

n., pl. -fas.
a plant, Medicago sativa, of the legume family, usu. having bluish purple flowers, originating in the Near East and widely cultivated as a forage crop. Also called lucerne.
[1835–45; < Sp, variant of alfalfez < Spanish Arabic al the + faṣfaṣah]

alfalfa

A plant with tiny seeds which are sprouted and used in salads or casseroles.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alfalfa - important European leguminous forage plant with trifoliate leaves and blue-violet flowers grown widely as a pasture and hay cropalfalfa - important European leguminous forage plant with trifoliate leaves and blue-violet flowers grown widely as a pasture and hay crop
alfalfa - leguminous plant grown for hay or forage
medic, medick, trefoil - any of several Old World herbs of the genus Medicago having small flowers and trifoliate compound leaves
2.alfalfa - leguminous plant grown for hay or foragealfalfa - leguminous plant grown for hay or forage
fodder - coarse food (especially for livestock) composed of entire plants or the leaves and stalks of a cereal crop
alfalfa, lucerne, Medicago sativa - important European leguminous forage plant with trifoliate leaves and blue-violet flowers grown widely as a pasture and hay crop
Translations

alfalfa

[ælˈfælfə] Nalfalfa f

alfalfa

[ælˈfælfə] n (= lucerne) → luzerne f

alfalfa

nLuzerne f, → Alfalfa f

alfalfa

[ælˈfælfə] nerba medica

alfalfa

n (bot) alfalfa
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The second Sharkey, the alfalfa sportin' writers are callin' him.
He would never know how sure a breeder was his new bull--the son of that fine creature he had imported; two cows he had spotted as not paying their board could go on for months eating good alfalfa and bran before a new herdsman might become convinced of their unreadiness to turn the expensive feed into white gold; he had not written down the dates when the sows were to farrow, and they might have litters somewhere around the strawstack and crush half the little pigs.
Above the straight line of the uppermost irrigating ditch, all is brown as on a high road; while all below is of as bright a green as verdigris, from the beds of alfalfa, a kind of clover.
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But falcata has a more fibrous root system that's unlike other alfalfas and more like grass," says Schuman.
New alfalfas will likely trace their heritage to the third generation of a new bioenergy alfalfa being bred by the team.
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