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  1. a European plant, Erodium cicutarium, of the geranium family, grown for forage in the U.S.
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Origin of alfilaria

1865–70, Americanism; < Spanish alfilerillo, equivalent to alfiler pin (< Arabic al-khilāl the pin) + -illo diminutive suffix
Also called pin clover.
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Historical Examples of alfilaria

  • The Geranium, like the Alfilaria, has a fruit resembling the long beak of the crane or stork.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain

    Edith S. Clements

  • There had been many winter snows and spring rains, so that the alfilaria covered the hills with a carpet of grass.


    William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for alfilaria



  1. a geraniaceous plant, Erodium cicutarium, native to Europe, with finely divided leaves and small pink or purplish flowers. It is widely naturalized in North America and is used as fodderAlso called: pin clover
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Word Origin for alfilaria

via American Spanish from Spanish alfilerillo, from alfiler pin, from Arabic al-khilāl the thorn
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