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 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 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

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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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“Silage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silage. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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silage

noun
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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