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)

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The Wales-Genesee Fire Department responded to a call at 5:27 a.m. for the fire, which was likely started by the heat of the silo and the old silage within, according to Fire Chief Jim Moon. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Silo fire temporarily closes Wern Way in Genesee," 6 July 2018 Bolsen noted that silage comprises 60 to 70 percent moisture, and a cubic yard of the animal feed can weigh up to half a ton or more. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Wisconsin grain silo avalanche that killed father and son is commonplace on US farms," 27 Mar. 2018 Area farmers have put in silage collection systems that protect animal feed from mixing with water from storms or stormwater discharge. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Partnering To Keep Water Clean In Little River Watershed," 20 June 2017 And speaking of the food… … there’s the silo, filled with teeny plastic silage. Jonathan H. Liu, WIRED, "A New Generation of Playmobil Fans," 30 Apr. 2012 Farmers till soil, spread manure, store silage to feed their animals. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Partnering To Keep Water Clean In Little River Watershed," 20 June 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of silage

: food for farm animals that is stored inside a silo


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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one that collects or salvages junk

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