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[sahy-lij] /ˈsaɪ lɪdʒ/
fodder preserved through fermentation in a silo; ensilage.
Origin of silage
1880-85; shortening of ensilage, influenced by silo Unabridged
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  • Where silage is stored in quantity, a steam boiler and engine are often employed for the heavy work of cutting up fodder.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • 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
  • The only floor carrier in use in dairy stables is a truck for silage.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
  • 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
  • silage, however, should be fed sparingly, and not at all unless it is in the very best condition.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • But there should be put by to supplement the natural fodder during dry times a supply of food either as hay or silage.

    Australia The Dairy Country Australia Department of External Affairs
  • The difference in the total nitrogen in the grass and silage is equal to 0.68 per cent.

  • Roots, silage, and other succulent feeds are useful in this connection.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Many crops excellent for silage are easily grown, and the cultivation areas need never be idle for a day at any time of the year.

    Australia The Dairy Country Australia Department of External Affairs
British Dictionary definitions for silage


any crop harvested while green for fodder and kept succulent by partial fermentation in a silo Also called ensilage
Word Origin
C19: alteration (influenced by silo) of ensilage
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Word Origin and History for silage

"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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