Definition of alfalfa
: a deep-rooted leguminous perennial plant (Medicago sativa) of southwestern Asia that is widely grown for hay and forage
Recent Examples of alfalfa from the Web
Sunflowers, some already in bloom, dotted the landscape, along with wild alfalfa, grasses and other plants.
Near Lemoore, workers with the Kings River Conservation District rushed to fix a 40-foot levee break that allowed water to gush into about four acres of alfalfa fields.
In the past, Mills, who grows corn, soybean and alfalfa on his 3,810-acre farm in Ansley, Neb., would have fixed his machinery himself.
In addition to growing alfalfa, Bishop, 63, is an amateur bird watcher.
The ranch is set up like a wagon wheel, with the Bundy home at the center surrounded by irrigated fields of alfalfa and melons.
With irrigation, the black dirt was splendid for growing crops, from potatoes to alfalfa, that in turn fed the dairy cows that grew up in what became known as the Magic Valley.
This was all once desert, but irrigation has turned it into a breadbasket producing vegetables like potatoes and spinach and onions, as well as alfalfa, Bermuda grass and hay.
The baiting with an alfalfa mix is intended to get deer to move away from traffic and, depending on snow levels, could be converted to emergency feeding if weather conditions worsen.
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Origin and Etymology of alfalfa
Spanish, modification of Arabic dialect al-faṣfaṣa the alfalfa
First Known Use: 1791See Words from the same year
ALFALFA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of alfalfa for English Language Learners
: a type of plant that is grown mostly as food for farm animals
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Definition of alfalfa for Students
: 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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