[ en-sahyl, en-sahyl ]
/ ɛnˈsaɪl, ˈɛn saɪl /

verb (used with object), en·siled, en·sil·ing.

to preserve (green fodder) in a silo.
to make into ensilage.


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Origin of ensile

1880–85; < French ensiler < Spanish ensilar, equivalent to en- en-1 + -silar, verbal derivative of silo silo


en·si·la·bil·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ensile

/ (ɛnˈsaɪl, ˈɛnsaɪl) /

verb (tr)

to store and preserve (green fodder) in an enclosed pit or silo
to turn (green fodder) into silage by causing it to ferment in a closed pit or silo

Derived forms of ensile

ensilability, noun

Word Origin for ensile

C19: from French ensiler, from Spanish ensilar, from en- 1 + silo silo
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