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Meaning of FALLOW

Pronunciation:  'falow

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  cultivated land that is not seeded for one or more growing seasons
  2. [adj]  undeveloped but potentially useful; "a fallow gold market"
  3. [adj]  left unplowed and unseeded during a growing season; "fallow farmland"
 

FALLOW is a 6 letter word that starts with F.

 

 Synonyms: unbroken, undeveloped, unexploited, unploughed, unplowed
 
 See Also: cultivated land, farmland, ploughland, plowland, tillage, tilled land, tilth

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Fal"low\, a. [AS. fealu, fealo, pale yellow or red; akin
    to D. vaal fallow, faded, OHG. falo, G. falb, fahl, Icel.
    f["o]lr, and prob. to Lith. palvas, OSlav. plav[u^] white, L.
    pallidus pale, pallere to be pale, Gr. polio`s gray, Skr.
    palita. Cf. {Pale}, {Favel}, a., {Favor}.]
    1. Pale red or pale yellow; as, a fallow deer or greyhound.
       --Shak.
    
    2. [Cf. {Fallow}, n.] Left untilled or unsowed after plowing;
       uncultivated; as, fallow ground.
    
    {Fallow chat}, {Fallow finch} (Zo["o]l.), a small European
       bird, the wheatear ({Saxicola [oe]nanthe}). See
       {Wheatear}.
    
    
  2. \Fal"low\, n. [So called from the fallow, or somewhat
    yellow, color of naked ground; or perh. akin to E. felly, n.,
    cf. MHG. valgen to plow up, OHG. felga felly, harrow.]
    1. Plowed land. [Obs.]
    
             Who . . . pricketh his blind horse over the fallows.
                                                   --Chaucer.
    
    2. Land that has lain a year or more untilled or unseeded;
       land plowed without being sowed for the season.
    
             The plowing of fallows is a benefit to land.
                                                   --Mortimer.
    
    3. The plowing or tilling of land, without sowing it for a
       season; as, summer fallow, properly conducted, has ever
       been found a sure method of destroying weeds.
    
             Be a complete summer fallow, land is rendered tender
             and mellow. The fallow gives it a better tilth than
             can be given by a fallow crop.        --Sinclair.
    
    {Fallow crop}, the crop taken from a green fallow. [Eng.]
    
    {Green fallow}, fallow whereby land is rendered mellow and
       clean from weeds, by cultivating some green crop, as
       turnips, potatoes, etc. [Eng.]
    
    
  3. \Fal"low\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fallowed}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Fallowing}.] [From {Fallow}, n.]
    To plow, harrow, and break up, as land, without seeding, for
    the purpose of destroying weeds and insects, and rendering it
    mellow; as, it is profitable to fallow cold, strong, clayey
    land.
    
    
 
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