silage

noun
si·​lage | \ ˈsī-lij How to pronounce silage (audio) \

Definition of silage

: fodder (such as hay or corn) converted into succulent feed for livestock through processes of anaerobic bacterial fermentation (as in a silo)

Examples of silage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, farmers from the Republic take the new ferry service to sell silage and hay from the lush fields of County Louth to customers north of the border. Washington Post, "Irish border residents worry about future if no-deal Brexit," 9 Oct. 2019 Today, farmers from the Republic take the new ferry service to sell silage and hay from the lush fields of County Louth to customers north of the border. David Keyton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Irish border residents worry about future if no-deal Brexit," 9 Oct. 2019 The night air was close and cloudless, sultry with the stink of the seasonal silage coming off the surrounding fields. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 In Palmer, Alaska, Ms. Sharrock recently covered the four-acre field with large silage tarps to kill off unwanted growth for a year. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, "Farmers grow the food. But who’s helping new farmers put down roots?," 9 July 2019 So operators demand for forages like corn silage is very inflexible. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Oil prices, war, and a bad corn crop," 23 June 2019 And because the plants don’t need to reach full maturity to become corn silage for animal feed, there’s a little more wiggle room. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Weather woes cause American corn farmers to throw in the towel," 18 June 2019 The night air was close and cloudless, sultry with the stink of the seasonal silage coming off the surrounding fields. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 In Palmer, Alaska, Ms. Sharrock recently covered the four-acre field with large silage tarps to kill off unwanted growth for a year. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, "Farmers grow the food. But who’s helping new farmers put down roots?," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of silage

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for silage

short for ensilage

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The first known use of silage was in 1884

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16 Nov 2019

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“Silage.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silage. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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silage

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How to pronounce silage (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of silage

: food for farm animals that is stored inside a silo

silage

noun
si·​lage | \ ˈsī-lij How to pronounce silage (audio) \

Kids Definition of silage

: fodder fermented (as in a silo) to produce a juicy feed for livestock

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