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

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Recent Examples on the Web Eventually it will be pumped out with the manure and spread on the fields as fertilizer – to return again to the cows as corn and alfalfa. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, "No one wants to dump milk. Here’s why it’s happening anyway.," 30 Apr. 2020 Last week , Roos was on a tractor planting alfalfa. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A young Wisconsin dairy farmer is back on his feet after a painful bout with COVID-19," 9 Apr. 2020 So, the owners, Cindy Kanarowski-Peterson and her husband, Lyle Peterson, purchased six semi loads of hay and alfalfa from farms in South Dakota and Wyoming to feed their horses. Washington Post, "Hay tainted by toxic beetles kills 14 horses in Wisconsin," 14 Jan. 2020 As the dawn started to light up a stack of his alfalfa, Herndon noticed a mule deer feasting away. Pj Delhomme, Outdoor Life, "The Top 40 Typical and Nontypical Mule Deer of All Time," 1 Jan. 2020 Feeders were filled with ground oyster shells, linseed meal, soy, corn, alfalfa meal, and natural vitamin supplements and fresh water flowed through small troughs. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It wasn't just toilet paper. People stocked up on eggs during pandemic, sending wholesale prices skyrocketing," 23 Apr. 2020 Beside fields of alfalfa and green onions, the dry riverbed spreads out in a dusty plain where only gray desert shrubs survive. Ian James,, "How a trickle of water is breathing life into the parched Colorado River Delta," 19 Apr. 2020 Those dams have fish passage and are part of a massive irrigation system that straddles the Oregon-California border and provides water to more than 300 square miles of alfalfa, potatoes, barley and other crops. oregonlive, "Proposed dam removal on Oregon-California border stirs debate over coveted water," 29 Mar. 2020 Much of it is still marked by green alfalfa fields. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Avondale mayor, 3 City Council seats up for grabs in election. Here's who's running," 20 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of alfalfa was in 1791

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5 Jun 2020

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“Alfalfa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of alfalfa

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


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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