[ 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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Origin of dry-farm

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20


dry farmer, noun
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Example sentences 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.

  • 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