from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Fodder prepared by compressing and fermenting green forage crops under anaerobic conditions, usually in a silo.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The practice of ensiling has in recent times been greatly extended, with much change of method, at least in America. For the structures employed, see silo. The largest use of silage is on dairy farms, Indian corn being in the United States by far the most important material. Success in making silage lies in thoroughly excluding the air. Close packing is required and coarse material, such as Indian corn, should be cut up fine. The top of the mass is not now weighted. Slow filling is found to be better than rapid filling, since it gives time for settling and permits a temporary heating which expels all the air not consumed by the live tissues. This initial heating, formerly ascribed to fermentation, is now believed to be due to respiratory processes. See the phrases below.
  • noun Feed for cattle prepared by treatment in a silo; ensilage.
  • To make silage of; treat in a silo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • Short for ensilage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Fermented green forage fodder stored in a silo.
  • verb To ensilage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun fodder harvested while green and kept succulent by partial fermentation as in a silo


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Short for ensilage.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Alteration (probably by influence of silo) of ensilage (1881), itself from French ensilage, from ensiler ("put in a silo"), from Spanish ensilar.


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