Un fallowed

fallow

1 [fal-oh]
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; Middle English falwe; compare Old English fealga, plural of *fealh, as gloss of Medieval Latin occas harrows

fallowness, noun
unfallowed, adjective
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fallow1 (ˈfæləʊ)
 
adj
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
 
n
3.  land treated in this way
 
vb
4.  (tr) to leave (land) unseeded after ploughing and harrowing it
 
[Old English fealga; related to Greek polos ploughed field]
 
'fallowness1
 
n

fallow2 (ˈfæləʊ)
 
adj
of a light yellowish-brown colour
 
[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 & History

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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