Definition of alsike in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈalˌsik/ Pronunciation: /-ˌsīk/
(also alsike clover)


A tall clover that is widely grown for fodder. Native to Europe, it has become naturalized in North America.
  • Trifolium hybridum, family Leguminosae.
Example sentences
  • A cool and moist environment is ideal for alsike clover growth; it has poor heat and drought tolerance.
  • Hay or pasture containing a large percentage of alsike clover is generally not recommended for horses.
  • As a precaution alsike clover should not be fed to horses in amounts greater than 5% of the feed.


Mid 19th century: named after Alsike in Sweden; Linnaeus mentions the plant growing there.

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Syllabification: al·sike

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