American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The process of storing and fermenting green fodder in a silo.
- n. Fodder preserved in a silo; silage.
- v. To ensile.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mode of storing fodder, vegetables, etc., in a green state, by burying it or them in pits or silos dug in the g-round. See silo. This method has been practised in some countries from very early times, and has been recommended by modern agriculturists. Brick-lined chambers are often used in modern practice, having a movable wooden covering upon which is placed a heavy weight, say half a ton to the square yard. The pits or chambers are constructed in such a way as to exclude the air as far as possible.
- n. The fodder, etc., thus preserved.
- To store by ensilage; store in a pit or silo for preservation. See silo.
- To make into silage; to ensile.
- To affect by feeding silage, as ensilaged milk.
- n. The process of producing silage by the fermentation of green fodder
- v. transitive To preserve in a silo.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The process of preserving fodder (such as cornstalks, rye, oats, millet, etc.) by compressing it while green and fresh in a pit or vat called a silo, where it is kept covered from the air.
- n. The fodder preserved in a silo.
- v. To preserve in a silo.
- n. fodder harvested while green and kept succulent by partial fermentation as in a silo
- French, from ensiler, to ensile; see ensile. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Now it is admitted by general current that the value of common ensilage, which is inferior to that made from sweet corn, is, when compared with good English hay, as 3 to 1.”
“The mass of 'ensilage', the dried and mixed material, loses its nutritional value unless oxygen is eliminated.”
“That's not a manure fork, but an ensilage fork, used to pitch hay or corn silage.”
“And though the air, redolent of smoke and tar and hemp ensilage, was filled with the sounds of poultry cackling and a baby crying during the process of being put to bed, the hubbub in no way served to dispel the illusion that everything in the valley was but part of a sketch executed by an artistic hand, and cast in soft tints which the sun had since caused, in some measure, to fade.”
“· Value of the grain and crop residues for ensilage and for direct feeding to livestock.”
“Two pathways are recommended: (a) fish ensilage for animal feeding supplements, and (b) fish waste utilization to manufacture human food supplements, e.g., fish bars.”
“The production of 44,000 metric tons of ensilage represents a 34 percent increase as compared to the same period the previous year.”
“Locally available grain, millet, and weed residues are added here to re-emphasize the need to make the best use of existing wastes by supplying starter cultures for better ensilage, or by supplying better designs of biogas digesters or fermenters.”
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