There are 2 definitions of fallow in English:

fallow1

Syllabification: fal·low
Pronunciation: /ˈfalō
 
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adjective

  • 1(Of farmland) plowed and harrowed but left unsown for a period in order to restore its fertility as part of a crop rotation or to avoid surplus production: incentives for farmers to let the land lie fallow in order to reduce grain surpluses
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    • The Council of Agriculture has designated 2,000 hectares of fallow farmland for the growing of biomass crops including canola, soybeans and sunflowers next year, officials said yesterday.
    • Starting in the 1930s the betterment schemes forced families into villages and turned their farmland to grazing or left it to lie fallow.
    • Space between his mangos was let to lie fallow for most of the year, planting vegetables between them when the rains came.
    Synonyms
    uncultivated, unplowed, untilled, unplanted, unsown; unused, dormant, resting, empty, bare
  • 1.1Inactive: long fallow periods when nothing seems to happen
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    • In case the Governor hasn't noticed, if history repeats, and it has so far, Australia's house prices are generally about 12 months into the 7 year price fallow period.
    • Professional councillors should be elected at a reasonable salary and elections should be held every year for one-third of the councillors with a fallow year as is the system in many parts of the country already.
    • The deal underscores a solid revival in the mergers and acquisitions market after the fallow years that followed the collapse of the technology boom.
    Synonyms
    inactive, dormant, quiet, slack, slow, stagnant; barren, unproductive
  • 2(Of a sow) not pregnant.
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    • I would have a couple of fallow pigs for big celebrations, and a few chickens scratching around on the ground and roosting on my porch.

noun

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  • A piece of fallow or uncultivated land.
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    • Other field work includes spraying for weeds in wheat, disking wheat stubble for summer fallow, preparing seedbed for spring seeded crops like proso millet and planting irrigated corn.
    • Much of his current research program focuses on strategies to reduce or eliminate the use of summer fallow in dryland crop rotations in the Nebraska Panhandle.
    • Tilling and fertilizing summer fallow and finishing wheat harvest are the main field activities.

verb

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  • Leave (land) fallow.
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    • If sufficient soil water is available the following spring, corn could be planted or if moisture is limited, the field could be fallowed and winter wheat could be planted in the fall.
    • It was often planted on land that formerly had been fallowed.
    • The FWS had prohibited ‘disking’ firebreaks and farming in designated rat habitat, and the Domenigonis had allowed rat habitat to grow by fallowing their fields.

Derivatives

fallowness

noun
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  • Growing up on the farm in Iowa I learned a little bit about the importance of fallowness.
  • The antidote to noise pollution comes with fallowness, allowing time for solitude and prayer.

Origin

Old English fealgian 'to break up land for sowing', of Germanic origin; related to Low German falgen.

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There are 2 definitions of fallow in English:

fallow2

Syllabification: fal·low
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈfalō/

noun

  • A pale brown or reddish yellow color.
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    • Pure bischofite crystals are aquatic-transparent, but may also be of white, rose and fallow colour depending on impurities.
    • Its wood, which is very heavy and of a fallow colour, has the grain and smell of ebony.

Origin

Old English falu, fealu.

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