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silage

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noun
  1. fodder preserved through fermentation in a silo; ensilage.

Origin of silage

1880–85; shortening of ensilage, influenced by silo
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  • The only floor carrier in use in dairy stables is a truck for silage.

    Farm Mechanics

    Herbert A. Shearer

  • It depends a good deal on the floor what kind of a carrier is best for silage.

    Farm Mechanics

    Herbert A. Shearer

  • To the live stock man it is of minor importance, as silage furnishes so satisfactory a substitute.

    Florida: An Ideal Cattle State

    Florida State Live Stock Association

  • As a feed for dairy cows there can be no question of its high value, either green or as silage.

    Florida: An Ideal Cattle State

    Florida State Live Stock Association

  • Where silage is wanted, the stubble-land can be seeded directly to wheat with good results.


British Dictionary definitions for silage

silage

noun
  1. any crop harvested while green for fodder and kept succulent by partial fermentation in a siloAlso called: ensilage

Word Origin

C19: alteration (influenced by silo) of ensilage
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Word Origin and History for silage

n.

"fodder packed in a silo," 1884, alteration (probably by influence of silo) of ensilage (1881), from French ensilage, from ensiler "put in a silo," from Spanish ensilar (see silo).

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