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alfalfa Syllabification: al·fal·fa
Pronunciation: /alˈfalfə/

Definition of alfalfa in English:


A leguminous plant with cloverlike leaves and bluish flowers. Native to southwestern Asia, it is 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.


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

Words that rhyme with alfalfa

alpha, Balfour, Wadi Halfa
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