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[al-fil-uh-ree-uh] /ælˌfɪl əˈri ə/
a European plant, Erodium cicutarium, of the geranium family, grown for forage in the U.S.
Also called pin clover.
Origin of alfilaria
1865-70, Americanism; < Spanish alfilerillo, equivalent to alfiler pin (< Arabic al-khilāl the pin) + -illo diminutive suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There had been many winter snows and spring rains, so that the alfilaria covered the hills with a carpet of grass.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine
  • The Geranium, like the alfilaria, has a fruit resembling the long beak of the crane or stork.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
British Dictionary definitions for alfilaria


a geraniaceous plant, Erodium cicutarium, native to Europe, with finely divided leaves and small pink or purplish flowers. It is widely naturalized in North America and is used as fodder Also called pin clover
Word Origin
via American Spanish from Spanish alfilerillo, from alfiler pin, from Arabic al-khilāl the thorn
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