American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A yellowish-flowered annual clover (Trifolium alexandrinum) native to the Mediterranean region and Asia and grown for forage in warm areas such as Florida. Also called Egyptian clover.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Alexandrian or Egyptian clover, Trifolium Alexandrinum, the principal forage-plant and soil-plant of Egypt. It is an annual and of great value as a winter crop in warm countries where irrigation is practised. It has been introduced into America for trial, especially along the Rio Grande.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An Egyptian clover (Trifolium alexandrinum) extensively cultivated as a forage plant and soil-renewing crop in the alkaline soils of the Nile valley, and now introduced into the southwestern United States. It is more succulent than other clovers or than alfalfa. Called also
- Arabic birsīm, from Coptic bersīm. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Berseem is grown either over 3 months with 2 cuts as a soil improver (short berseem), usually preceding cotton, or over 6-7 months, either with 4-5 cuts as a fodder crop or grazed by tethered cattle (long berseem).”
“The main winter crops are wheat and clover or berseem (Trifolium alexandrinum).”
“Apart from the crops mentioned in the Table 8, it is known that large areas of fodder (mainly berseem) are cultivated and irrigated in the winter.”
“Amaranth consistently gives lower yields of LC than leaves from legumes like alfalfa, cowpeas, peas, berseem clover or common beans or from wheat.”
“These projects are most likely to succeed where there is commercial production of leguminous forage crops such as alfalfa, berseem, or cowpeas that can be used for preparing LC.”
“The figures for berseem (Trifolium alexandrinum) cellulose were 34.6 percent for cattle and 52.2 percent for buffalo.”
“The life of the Nile river-bank was deeply interesting, with a slightly varying background of green fields of berseem, stately palms and rocky desert hills.”
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