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fallow1

[fal-oh] /ˈfæl oʊ/
adjective
1.
(of land) plowed and left unseeded for a season or more; uncultivated.
2.
not in use; inactive:
My creative energies have lain fallow this year.
noun
3.
land that has undergone plowing and harrowing and has been left unseeded for one or more growing seasons.
verb (used with object)
4.
to make (land) fallow for agricultural purposes.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English falwe; compare Old English fealga, plural of *fealh, as gloss of Medieval Latin occas harrows
Related forms
fallowness, noun
unfallowed, adjective
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Examples for fallowing
  • Setaside is the modern name given to the practice of fallowing agricultural land.
British Dictionary definitions for fallowing

fallow1

/ˈfæləʊ/
adjective
1.
(of land) left unseeded after being ploughed and harrowed to regain fertility for a crop
2.
(of an idea, state of mind, etc) undeveloped or inactive, but potentially useful
noun
3.
land treated in this way
verb
4.
(transitive) to leave (land) unseeded after ploughing and harrowing it
Derived Forms
fallowness, noun
Word Origin
Old English fealga; related to Greek polos ploughed field

fallow2

/ˈfæləʊ/
adjective
1.
of a light yellowish-brown colour
Word Origin
Old English fealu; related to Old Norse fölr, Old Saxon, Old High German falo, Latin pallidus Greek polios grey
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Word Origin and History for fallowing
fallow
O.E. fealh "fallow land," from P.Gmc. *falgo (cf. O.H.G. felga "harrow," E.Fris. falge "fallow," falgen "to break up ground"), perhaps from a derivation of PIE base *pel- "to turn," assimilated in Eng. to fallow (adj.) because of the color of plowed earth. Originally "plowed land," then "land plowed but not planted" (1523).
fallow
O.E. fealu "pale, faded, dark, yellowish-brown," from P.Gmc. *falwaz (cf. O.N. fölr, M.Du. valu, Ger. falb), from PIE *polwos "dark-colored, gray" (cf. O.C.S. plavu, Lith. palvas "sallow," Gk. polios, Welsh llwyd "gray," L. pallere "to be pale"). It also forms the root of words for "pigeon" in Gk. (peleia), L. (palumbes), O.Prus. (poalis).
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