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1. The process of storing and fermenting green fodder in a silo.
2. Fodder preserved in a silo; silage.
tr.v. en·si·laged, en·si·lag·ing, en·si·lag·es
To ensile.

[French, from ensiler, to ensile; see ensile.]
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1. (Agriculture) the process of ensiling green fodder
2. (Agriculture) a less common name for silage
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(ˈɛn sə lɪdʒ)

n., v. -laged, -lag•ing. n.
1. the preservation of green fodder in a silo or pit.
2. the fodder preserved; silage.
3. ensile.
[1875–80; < French; see ensile, -age]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ensilage - fodder harvested while green and kept succulent by partial fermentation as in a siloensilage - fodder harvested while green and kept succulent by partial fermentation as in a silo
feed, provender - food for domestic livestock
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To an Earth man they would have immediately suggested the silos in which dairy farmers store ensilage for their herds; but closer scrutiny, revealing an occasional embrasured opening together with the strange construction of the domes, would have altered such a conclusion.
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Ensilage of grasses is an alternative to supply quality silage in period of pasture scarcity (Paris et al., 2015).
Those bundles were hauled to the silo, where the silo filler chopped and blew the ensilage into the silo.