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alfalfa

Line breaks: al|fal¦fa
Pronunciation: /alˈfalfə
 
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Definition of alfalfa in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A leguminous plant with clover-like leaves and bluish flowers, native to SW Asia and widely grown for fodder. Also called lucerne.
  • Medicago sativa, family Leguminosae
Example sentences
  • Here's an excuse to let a section of lawn grow tall and go to hay, or plant some of it to alfalfa, red clover or oats.
  • Red clover grows better than alfalfa in the acidic soils that are common in the Midwest.
  • He's also seeded pastures with legumes like alfalfa and red and white clovers.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Spanish, from Arabic al-faṣfaṣa, a green fodder.

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