summer fallow


Definition of summer fallow 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : land plowed and frequently tilled during the summer in preparation for a crop the next year

2 : the practice of summer-fallowing


transitive verb

Definition of summer-fallow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to plow and work (land) in summer in order to prepare for sowing in the fall or the following spring : plow and let lie fallow

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