- 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.
Origin of alfalfa
Examples from the Web for alfalfa
The Alfalfa Club dinner crowd in tiaras was the order of the night.Staking Out Kissinger’s 90th-Birthday Party
June 4, 2013
A small flowering plant in the pea family, Fabaceae, known as alfalfa.Obama’s Organic Game
October 15, 2011
They will concentrate instead on farming their 1,900 acres of alfalfa, 1,600 acres of corn, and 1,400 acres of soybeans.Iowa Straw Poll Drawing Yawns
August 9, 2011
They grew up as crop and dairy farmers in Iowa, tending corn, soy, alfalfa, hay, oats and clover.An American Prairie Feast
July 17, 2010
To wit, Parvin has been a member of the Alfalfa Club for 26 years.How Funny Is Obama?
January 30, 2009
And near them long trains of burros laden with grain, alfalfa, straw, or wood.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
Bob Johnson was stripping a stalk of alfalfa in his fingers.Whispering Smith
Frank H. Spearman
The Dean could have been enticed away to examine the alfalfa and the pumping system.The Forbidden Trail
Capital yields are produced after alfalfa or after root crops.
After this the alfalfa should be cut every two, three, or four weeks.
- 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 chlorophyllAlso called: lucerne
Word Origin and History for alfalfa
1845, from Spanish alfalfa, earlier alfalfez, from Arabic al-fisfisa "fresh fodder."