browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
fallow

more about fallow

fallow


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fallow  \Fal"low\,  a.  [AS.  fealu,  fealo,  pale  yellow  or  red;  akin 
  to  D.  vaal  fallow,  faded,  OHG.  falo,  G.  falb,  fahl,  Icel. 
  f["o]lr,  and  prob.  to  Lith.  palvas,  OSlav.  plav[u^]  white,  L. 
  pallidus  pale,  pallere  to  be  pale,  Gr  polio`s  gray,  Skr. 
  palita  Cf  {Pale},  {Favel},  a.,  {Favor}.] 
  1.  Pale  red  or  pale  yellow;  as  a  fallow  deer  or  greyhound. 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  [Cf.  {Fallow},  n.]  Left  untilled  or  unsowed  after  plowing; 
  uncultivated;  as  fallow  ground. 
 
  {Fallow  chat},  {Fallow  finch}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  European 
  bird,  the  wheatear  ({Saxicola  [oe]nanthe}).  See 
  {Wheatear}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fallow  \Fal"low\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fallowed};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Fallowing}.]  [From  {Fallow},  n.] 
  To  plow,  harrow,  and  break  up  as  land,  without  seeding,  for 
  the  purpose  of  destroying  weeds  and  insects,  and  rendering  it 
  mellow;  as  it  is  profitable  to  fallow  cold,  strong,  clayey 
  land. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fallow  \Fal"low\,  n.  [So  called  from  the  fallow,  or  somewhat 
  yellow,  color  of  naked  ground;  or  perh.  akin  to  E.  felly,  n., 
  cf  MHG.  valgen  to  plow  up  OHG.  felga  felly,  harrow.] 
  1.  Plowed  land.  [Obs.] 
 
  Who  .  .  .  pricketh  his  blind  horse  over  the  fallows. 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  Land  that  has  lain  a  year  or  more  untilled  or  unseeded; 
  land  plowed  without  being  sowed  for  the  season. 
 
  The  plowing  of  fallows  is  a  benefit  to  land. 
  --Mortimer. 
 
  3.  The  plowing  or  tilling  of  land,  without  sowing  it  for  a 
  season;  as  summer  fallow,  properly  conducted,  has  ever 
  been  found  a  sure  method  of  destroying  weeds. 
 
  Be  a  complete  summer  fallow,  land  is  rendered  tender 
  and  mellow.  The  fallow  gives  it  a  better  tilth  than 
  can  be  given  by  a  fallow  crop.  --Sinclair. 
 
  {Fallow  crop},  the  crop  taken  from  a  green  fallow.  [Eng.] 
 
  {Green  fallow},  fallow  whereby  land  is  rendered  mellow  and 
  clean  from  weeds,  by  cultivating  some  green  crop,  as 
  turnips,  potatoes,  etc  [Eng.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fallow 
  adj  1:  left  unplowed  and  unseeded  during  a  growing  season;  "fallow 
  farmland" 
  2:  undeveloped  but  potentially  useful;  "a  fallow  gold  market" 
  n  :  cultivated  land  that  is  not  seeded  for  one  or  more  growing 
  seasons 




more about fallow