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 Field activities included harvesting corn for grain, soybeans, corn for silage, potatoes, sugarbeets, sunflowers, and dry beans. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Sunday Night Storms. Tumbling Temps Next Week," 10 Oct. 2020 Cactus Feeders uses silage, and adds other ingredients as well. New York Times, "Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle’s Climate Issues," 20 Oct. 2020 Corn harvested for silage was nearly complete at 95% complete, 23 days ahead of last year and 13 days ahead of normal. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Sunday Night Storms. Tumbling Temps Next Week," 10 Oct. 2020 Field activities included harvesting corn for grain, soybeans, corn for silage, potatoes, sugarbeets, sunflowers, and dry beans. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "One of the Best Weeks of 2020 for MN? Tropical Storm Delta Develops," 5 Oct. 2020 Field corn is being chopped for silage, and sweet corn still is available. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "The signs abound: Butterflies, birds, humans staging for autumn," 3 Sep. 2020 But one acre of corn silage will feed a cow all year long. New York Times, "The Milk Situation," 14 Mar. 2020 The boy had been hospitalized at Children’s Hospital of Minneapolis since breathing in the silage gas on Dec. 21. USA TODAY, "Puppy wins lotto, alligators, mountain lions, Dunkin Donuts wedding: News from around our 50 states," 30 Dec. 2019 The company grows most of the food for the cattle on its properties, using a rotating mix of silage corn, wheat, and alfalfa. AZCentral.com, "In southeastern Arizona, farms drill a half-mile deep while families pay the price," 5 Dec. 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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7 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Silage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silage. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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