fallow


1fal·low

adjective \ˈfa-(ˌ)lō\

Definition of FALLOW

:  of a light yellowish-brown color

Origin of FALLOW

Middle English falow, from Old English fealu; akin to Old High German falo pale, fallow, Latin pallēre to be pale, Greek polios gray
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Color Terms

argentine, cerise, cerulean, cyan, ocher, perse, puce, taupe, vermilion

2fallow

noun

Definition of FALLOW

1
:  usu. cultivated land that is allowed to lie idle during the growing season
2
obsolete :  plowed land
3
:  the state or period of being fallow
4
:  the tilling of land without sowing it for a season

Origin of FALLOW

Middle English falwe, falow, from Old English fealg — more at felly
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

Rhymes with FALLOW

3fallow

verb

Definition of FALLOW

transitive verb
:  to plow, harrow, and break up (land) without seeding to destroy weeds and conserve soil moisture

First Known Use of FALLOW

15th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

4fallow

adjective

Definition of FALLOW

1
:  left untilled or unsown after plowing
2
:  dormant, inactive —used especially in the phrase to lie fallow <at this very moment there are probably important inventions lying fallowHarper's>
fal·low·ness noun

First Known Use of FALLOW

15th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

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