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Monday, August 13, 2012

fallow

\FAL-oh\ , adjective;
1.
Not in use; inactive: My creative energies have lain fallow this year.
2.
(Of land) plowed and left unseeded for a season or more; uncultivated.
noun:
1.
Land that has undergone plowing and harrowing and has been left unseeded for one or more growing seasons.
verb:
1.
To make (land) fallow for agricultural purposes.
Quotes:
The two men stopped in the road and looked out at the valley, green tinged from the early rains. Samuel said softly, “I wonder you do not feel a shame at leaving that land fallow.
-- John Steinbeck, East of Eden
They were a limited, narrow-minded people, whose inert intellects lay fallow in incurious resignation.
-- T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Origin:
Fallow comes from the Old English word fælging from the tool that was used to break up clods of dirt.
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