Origin of alfalfaSpanish from Arabic al-fi?fi?a, fodder in its freshest state
a deep-rooted perennial plant (Medicago sativa) of the pea family, with small divided leaves, purple cloverlike flowers, and spiral pods, used extensively for fodder and pasture and as a cover crop
A southwest Asian perennial herb (Medicago sativa) in the pea family, having compound leaves with three leaflets and clusters of usually blue-violet flowers. It is widely cultivated as a pasture and hay crop.
Origin of alfalfaSpanish from Arabic al-fa&slowdot;fa&slowdot;a al- the fa&slowdot;fa&slowdot;a alfalfa ( variant of fi&slowdot;fi&slowdot;a ) ( ultimately (probably via Coptic p-espesta ) ( p- masculine sing. definite article ) ( espesta alfalfa) ) ( from Aramaic espestā ) ( from Middle Persian aspast ) ( from Old Iranian aspasti- ) ( aspa- horse ; see ekwo- in Indo-European roots.) ( -sti- food, fodder ; see ed- in Indo-European roots.)
(countable and uncountable, plural alfalfas)
- Then she threw a leaf of alfalfa hay into her stall.
- The cereals of Europe are a source of increasing wealth to the nation, and alfalfa promises new prosperity for pastoral industries.
- Part of the state much alfalfa is grown, especially in Yakima county.
- The area under wheat in 1901 was 8,351,843 acres; Indian corn, 3,102,140 acres; linseed, 1,512,340 acres; alfalfa, 3,088,929 acres.
- After unsuccessful attempts to rid themselves of the mice, the farmers appealed to the United States Biological Survey, and alfalfa hay poisoned with strychnia sulphate was used successfully in the Humboldt Valley in January 1908 and in the Carson Valley, where a similar plague threatened, in April 1908.5 Minerals.