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 espesta, 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)