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
Origin of alfalfaSpanish from Arabic al-fi?fi?a, fodder in its freshest state
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)