- a clover, Trifolium alexandrinum, of Egypt and Syria, grown for forage in the southwestern U.S.
Origin of berseem
1900–05; < dialectal Arabic barsīm < Coptic bersim, equivalent to ebra seed (< Demotic Egyptian prt < Egyptian ptr) + sim herbs (< Demotic Egyptian sm < Egyptian smw)
Also called Egyptian clover.
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- a Mediterranean clover, Trifolium alexandrinum, grown as a forage crop and to improve the soil in the southwestern US and the Nile valleyAlso called: Egyptian clover
C20: from Arabic barsīm, from Coptic bersīm
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