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green manure

noun, Agriculture.
a crop of growing plants, as clover and other nitrogen-fixing plants, plowed under to enrich the soil.
manure that has not undergone decay.
Origin of green manure
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for green-manure

green manure

a growing crop that is ploughed under to enrich the soil
manure that has not yet decomposed
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green-manure in Science
green manure  
A growing crop, such as clover or grass, that is plowed under the soil to improve fertility. Green manure can also reduce erosion and, if the crop is leguminous, add nitrogen to the soil.
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