alfalfa

noun
al·​fal·​fa | \al-ˈfal-fə \

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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The area is surrounded by farm fields of alfalfa, pecans and other crops. Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ, "Trump Defends Family-Separation Policy," 18 June 2018 Goldenrods, daisies, alfalfa, and yarrow will attract these helpful bugs. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Insects You Should Actually Want Around Your Plants," 11 May 2016 Much of the acreage has been used for years to grow corn, wheat, potatoes, alfalfa and other crops. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Star's growth is inevitable. Here's how it'll affect Boise and the Treasure Valley | Idaho Statesman," 4 May 2018 Even the American cheese involves coloring from bee-pollinated annatto, milk from dairy cows that eat bee-pollinated alfalfa, and an emulsifier made from soybeans, which can self-pollinate, but produce higher yields if bees are present. Thor Hanson, WSJ, "The Plight of the Humble Bee," 29 June 2018 But if all goes according to plan, the alfalfa and seed oats now growing in two of the Brunsons' fields will be replaced next year by some 35,000 photovoltaic panels. Hal Bernton, The Christian Science Monitor, "Solar panel proposal faces opposition in Washington State," 7 May 2018 For three generations, alfalfa farmers in the Touchet Valley have been raising more than a valuable seed crop. Thor Hanson, WSJ, "The Plight of the Humble Bee," 29 June 2018 Wind blew radioactive clouds north and east, and iodine-131 fell on pastures and alfalfa that fed cows and goats. Nate Poppino, idahostatesman, "Nuclear tests gave these Idahoans cancer, they say. Will Congress support them now?," 27 June 2018 Honeybees don’t like alfalfa, but the native alkali bees thrive on it, and with the farmers’ help their numbers have skyrocketed. Thor Hanson, WSJ, "The Plight of the Humble Bee," 29 June 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of alfalfa

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

alfalfa

noun
al·​fal·​fa | \al-ˈfal-fə \

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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