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silage

[sahy-lij] /ˈsaɪ lɪdʒ/
noun
1.
fodder preserved through fermentation in a silo; ensilage.
Origin of silage
1880-1885
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.

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

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • It may be utilized as green feed, as silage, as dry fodder, or for pasture.

    Florida: An Ideal Cattle State Florida State Live Stock Association
British Dictionary definitions for silage

silage

/ˈsaɪlɪdʒ/
noun
1.
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
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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