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[ drahy-fahrm ]
/ ˈdraɪˌfɑrm /

verb (used without object)

to engage in dryland farming.

verb (used with object)

to grow (a specified crop) by means of dryland farming.


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Nearby words

dry-clean, dry-cleanse, dry-dock, dry-dockage, dry-eyed, dry-farm, dry-footing, dry-gulch, dry-nurse, dry-roasted, dry-rot

Origin of dry-farm

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20
Related formsdry farmer, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dry-farm

  • It was a cinch you couldn't turn loose and dry-farm that land and have even a fair chance of reaping a harvest.

    The Flying U's Last Stand|B. M. Bower
  • I've been keeping cases pretty close on this dry-farm craze, and this stampede for claims.

  • They say that folks can dry-farm the benches up toward the mountains—they can't, and I don't like to see nobody try it.

    The Man Next Door|Emerson Hough