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alfalfa

[al-fal-fuh] /ælˈfæl fə/
noun
1.
a plant, Medicago sativa, of the legume family, usually having bluish-purple flowers, originating in the Near East and widely cultivated as a forage crop.
Also called lucerne, purple medic.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Spanish, variant of alfalfez < Spanish Arabic al the + faṣfaṣah < Persian ispist lucerne
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  • Many dairy farms also grow their own feed, typically including corn, alfalfa, and hay.
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alfalfa

/ælˈfælfə/
noun
1.
a leguminous plant, Medicago sativa, of Europe and Asia, having compound leaves with three leaflets and clusters of small purplish flowers. It is widely cultivated for forage and as a nitrogen fixer and used as a commercial source of chlorophyll Also called lucerne
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish, from Arabic al-fasfasah, from al the + fasfasah the best sort of fodder
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Word Origin and History for alfalfa
alfalfa
1845, from Sp. alfalfa, earlier alfalfez, from Arabic al-fisfisa "fresh fodder."
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