from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as alfilaria.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as alfilerilla.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. European weed naturalized in southwestern United States and Mexico having reddish decumbent stems with small fernlike leaves and small deep reddish-lavender flowers followed by slender fruits that stick straight up; often grown for forage
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During summer and fall large flocks of grayish white merinos could be seen getting a rich living on the brown grasses, the yellow stubble of old grain fields, and the tightly rolled nuts of the bur clover; while in winter and spring, hills and plains with their velvet-like covering of green alfileria offered the best and juiciest of food.
Ignacio Chavez or the interloping alfileria and purslane.
A tall young woman came up the walk, trailing her tawdry ruffles over the fragrant alfileria.
Soon after a cream-colored bell-flower begins to nod from a tall, slender stalk; another of sky-blue soon opens beside it; beneath these a little five-petaled flower of deep pink tries to outshine the blossoms of the alfileria; and above them soon stands the radiant shooting-star, with reflexed petals of white, yellow, and pink shining behind its purplish ovaries.
The alfileria, for instance, is the richest and strongest fodder in the world.
This is the bloom of the alfileria, and swiftly it spreads from the southern slopes, where it begins, and runs from meadow to hill-top.
This is the alfileria, the prevailing flower of the land.
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