from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A southwest Asian perennial herb (Medicago sativa) having compound leaves with three leaflets and clusters of usually blue-violet flowers. It is widely cultivated as a pasture and hay crop.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A plant, Medicago sativa, grown as a pasture crop.
- n. A type or breed of this plant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The lucern (Medicago sativa), a leguminous plant having bluish purple cloverlike flowers, and cultivated for fodder; -- so called in California, Texas, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Spanish name of lucerne, Medicago sativa, and the common name under which the chief varieties of lucerne are known in the western United States.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. important European leguminous forage plant with trifoliate leaves and blue-violet flowers grown widely as a pasture and hay crop
- n. leguminous plant grown for hay or forage
Spanish, from Arabic al-faṣfaṣa : al-, the + faṣfaṣa, alfalfa (variant of fiṣfiṣa, from Persian aspist, clover).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish alfalfez, from Arabic الفصفصة (al-fíṣfiṣa, al-fáṣfaṣa, "fresh fodder"), from Persian اسپست (espest, aspest), from Middle Persian 𐭠𐭮𐭯𐭮𐭲 (aspast). (Wiktionary)