American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- n. uncountable A plant, Medicago sativa, grown as a pasture crop.
- n. countable A type or breed of this plant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The lucern (Medicago sativa), a leguminous plant having bluish purple cloverlike flowers, and cultivated for fodder; -- so called in California, Texas, etc.
- 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
- From Spanish alfalfez, from Arabic الفصفصة (al-fíṣfiṣa, al-fáṣfaṣa, "fresh fodder"), from Persian اسپست (espest, aspest), from Middle Persian 𐭠𐭮𐭯𐭮𐭲 (aspast). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“It will probably be news to most readers that alfalfa -- the wonderful forage crop of the West, the producer of more gold than all the mines of the Klondike -- was in use so long ago, for the impression is pretty general that it is comparatively new; the fact is that it is older than the Christian era and that the name alfalfa comes from the Arabic and means "the best crop.”
“It will probably be news to most readers that alfalfa ” the wonderful forage crop of the West, the producer of more gold than all the mines of the Klondike ” was in use so long ago, for the impression is pretty general that it is comparatively new; the fact is that it is older than the Christian era and that the name alfalfa comes from the Arabic and means “the best crop.””
“There are several food plot seeds that are perennial, alfalfa is perennial.”
“Riparian corridors along river bottoms may hold lots of whitetails, which raid nearby farmland planted in alfalfa, sunflower, soybeans and corn.”
“In related out these video clips of Ruth Rogan Benerito, "pioneer in alfalfa breeding and genetics", and Janice M. Miller, who discovered the virus causing bovine leukemia, from their induction into the Agricultural Research Service Hall of Fame.”
“SMN - its called alfalfa only as far as I know...you'll find it in the greens / sprouts section of your supermarket - the wikipedia link will show you pictures of the sprouts.”
“Beds that you find in alfalfa and clover fields, abandoned orchards, oak flats, and other prime open feeding areas were made after dark.”
“The company said the recalled alfalfa sprouts were sold in plastic cups and plastic bags under the Caldwell Fresh Foods brand, plastic cups under the Nature's Choice brand and plastic containers under the California Fresh Exotics brand.”
“A California company is recalling alfalfa sprouts after 22 people in 10 states became sickened with Salmonella Newport.”
“Cake is a pressed or compacted feed of grains or in this case, alfalfa, which is high in protein and energy.”
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