from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A crop, such as winter rye or clover, planted between periods of regular crop production to prevent soil erosion and provide humus or nitrogen.
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- n. Any of several crops planted between others in order to prevent erosion and to improve soil quality (especially by adding nitrogen)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A catch crop planted, esp. in orchards. as a protection to the soil in winter, as well as for the benefit of the soil when plowed under in spring.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. crop planted to prevent soil erosion and provide green manure
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After planting out the veggie garden and trees, almost the entire area was later covered with a cover crop of lucurne, red and white clover and then coated with a thick layer of salvaged local straw.