al·​fal·​fa | \ al-ˈfal-fə How to pronounce alfalfa (audio) \

Definition of alfalfa

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

Examples of alfalfa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Colorado River Indian Tribes' farm produces alfalfa, grains, onions and garlic as well as other crops., 8 Aug. 2022 Agriculture consumes about 80% of the water that’s diverted from the river, much of it to grow crops like alfalfa, which is used to feed cattle and exported in large quantities. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2022 Most soil crops, like alfalfa, soybean and corn, require lots of farmland to produce enough profitable supply. Saige Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 June 2022 Young rabbits can have any type of grassy hay, but alfalfa hay should not be given to adult rabbits because of its high calcium and protein levels. Caitlin Mclean, USA TODAY, 25 July 2022 Cutting supplies is especially tough in a year in which farmers are obtaining banner prices for wheat, alfalfa and other crops, caused by widespread domestic drought, and shortages worldwide created by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Janet Wilson, USA TODAY, 16 June 2022 Just beyond the pristine temple grounds, tractors kick up clouds of dust in alfalfa and wheat fields. Leah Sottile, Rolling Stone, 16 June 2022 Large quantities of water are diverted to supply vast farmlands growing almonds, pistachios, grapes, alfalfa and other crops. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022 Rio Grande County raise potatoes as well as small grains and alfalfa, with irrigation from the Rio Grande Canal. Jim Robbins, Wired, 25 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of alfalfa

1791, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alfalfa

Spanish, modification of Arabic dialect al-faṣfaṣa the alfalfa

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“Alfalfa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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al·​fal·​fa | \ al-ˈfal-fə How to pronounce alfalfa (audio) \

Kids Definition of alfalfa

: 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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