ensile

[en-sahyl, en-sahyl]

Origin of ensile

1880–85; < French ensiler < Spanish ensilar, equivalent to en- en-1 + -silar, verbal derivative of silo silo
Related formsen·si·la·bil·i·ty, noun
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ensile

verb (tr)
  1. to store and preserve (green fodder) in an enclosed pit or silo
  2. to turn (green fodder) into silage by causing it to ferment in a closed pit or silo
Derived Formsensilability, noun

Word Origin for ensile

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