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ensile

[en-sahyl, en-sahyl] /ɛnˈsaɪl, ˈɛn saɪl/
verb (used with object), ensiled, ensiling.
1.
to preserve (green fodder) in a silo.
2.
to make into ensilage.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < French ensiler < Spanish ensilar, equivalent to en- en-1 + -silar, verbal derivative of silo silo
Related forms
ensilability, noun
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  • When two applications are made, do not ensile foliage within one year of last application.
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ensile

/ɛnˈsaɪl; ˈɛnsaɪl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to store and preserve (green fodder) in an enclosed pit or silo
2.
to turn (green fodder) into silage by causing it to ferment in a closed pit or silo
Derived Forms
ensilability, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French ensiler, from Spanish ensilar, from en-1 + silosilo
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