Fallow meaning

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The act of plowing land and leaving it unseeded.
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Land left unseeded during a growing season.
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Characterized by inactivity.

A fallow gold market.

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Land plowed but not seeded for one or more growing seasons, as to kill weeds or make the soil richer.
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Plowed but left unseeded during a growing season.

Fallow farmland.

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The plowing of land to be left idle in this way.
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Left uncultivated or unplanted.
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The definition of fallow is inactive.

A piece of land that is normally used for farming but that is left with no crops on it for a season in order to let it recover its fertility is an example of land that would be described as fallow.

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The condition or period of being unseeded.
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To plow (land) without seeding it afterward.
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To plow and till (land), especially to eradicate or reduce weeds.
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Untrained; inactive.
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To leave (land) unplanted after plowing.
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Pale-yellow; brownish-yellow.
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(agriculture, uncountable) Ground ploughed and harrowed but left unseeded for one year.
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(agriculture, uncountable) Uncultivated land.
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The ploughing or tilling of land, without sowing it for a season.
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(of agricultural land) Ploughed but left unseeded for more than one planting season.
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To make land fallow for agricultural purposes.
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A fallow deer or greyhound.

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lie fallow
  • to remain uncultivated, unused, unproductive, etc. for a time
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

lie fallow

Origin of fallow

  • Middle English falow from Old English fealh fallow land

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English falwe, from Old English fealu, from Proto-Germanic *falwaz (compare West Frisian feal, Dutch vaal, German falb, fahl), from Proto-Indo-European *polʷos (compare Lithuanian pal̃vas 'sallow, wan', Serbo-Croatian plâv 'blond, blue', Ancient Greek πολιός (poliós) 'grey'), from Proto-Indo-European *pel- 'pale'.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English falow, from Old English fealh (“fallow land”), from Proto-Germanic *falhaz (compare East Frisian falge, Dutch valg, German Felge), from Proto-Indo-European *polḱéh₂ (“arable land”) (compare Gaulish olca, Russian полоса́ (polosá)).

    From Wiktionary