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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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purple medic

noun
1.
another name for alfalfa

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 purple medic

alfalfa

n.

1845, from Spanish alfalfa, earlier alfalfez, from Arabic al-fisfisa "fresh fodder."

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