alfalfa

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noun al·fal·fa \al-ˈfal-fə\

Definition of alfalfa

  1. :  a deep-rooted leguminous perennial plant (Medicago sativa) of southwestern Asia that is widely grown for hay and forage

Origin and Etymology of alfalfa

Spanish, modification of Arabic dialect al-faṣfaṣa the alfalfa


First Known Use: 1845


ALFALFA Defined for English Language Learners

alfalfa

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noun al·fal·fa \al-ˈfal-fə\

Definition of alfalfa for English Language Learners

  • : a type of plant that is grown mostly as food for farm animals


ALFALFA Defined for Kids

alfalfa

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noun al·fal·fa \al-ˈfal-fə\

Definition of alfalfa for Students

  1. :  a plant with purple flowers that is related to the clovers and is grown as a food for horses and cattle


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