A fallow gold market.
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.
- to remain uncultivated, unused, unproductive, etc. for a time
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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'.