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View synonyms for fallow

fallow

1

[ fal-oh ]

adjective

  1. (of land) plowed and left unseeded for a season or more; uncultivated.
  2. not in use; inactive:

    My creative energies have lain fallow this year.



noun

  1. land that has undergone plowing and harrowing and has been left unseeded for one or more growing seasons.

verb (used with object)

  1. to make (land) fallow for agricultural purposes.

fallow

2

[ fal-oh ]

adjective

  1. pale-yellow; light-brown; dun.

fallow

1

/ ˈfæləʊ /

adjective

  1. (of land) left unseeded after being ploughed and harrowed to regain fertility for a crop
  2. (of an idea, state of mind, etc) undeveloped or inactive, but potentially useful


noun

  1. land treated in this way

verb

  1. tr to leave (land) unseeded after ploughing and harrowing it

fallow

2

/ ˈfæləʊ /

adjective

  1. of a light yellowish-brown colour

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Derived Forms

  • ˈfallowness, noun

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Other Words From

  • fallow·ness noun
  • un·fallowed adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fallow1

1275–1325; Middle English falwe; compare Old English fealga, plural of *fealh, as gloss of Medieval Latin occas harrows

Origin of fallow2

before 1000; Middle English fal ( o ) we, Old English fealu; cognate with German falb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fallow1

Old English fealga ; related to Greek polos ploughed field

Origin of fallow2

Old English fealu ; related to Old Norse fölr, Old Saxon, Old High German falo , Latin pallidus Greek polios grey

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Example Sentences

There are reports of farmers allowing fields to go fallow this spring because there probably will not be enough water to sustain some crops through the season.

If their dispute is not resolved in the next few weeks, Crummell could remain fallow for years to come.

If their dispute is not resolved in the next few weeks, Crummell could remain fallow for years to come, a prospect that infuriates residents such as Brenda Ingram, who lives down the street, in a house next door to where she grew up.

By allowing fields to lie fallow, or planting cover crops, they can return nutrients to the soil.

Hachimura had 17 points but, like Beal, was fallow from beyond the arc, missing his three attempts.

The mobilizing energy of the campaign fell fallow after Inauguration Day in 2009.

Many of the signs posted on the fields that are supposed to be left fallow now litter the road ditches.

But cider production and consumption is on the rise after a long fallow period.

Professionally, Vidal's last decade while not fallow was not golden.

For the next three decades the team lay fallow, promising much, achieving nothing.

In no farm, however, is the fallow laid aside; it is considered as indispensable for wheat, and on poor lands for rye.

This appears clear from Aristotle placing the bubalus with the stags and fallow deer, and not with the oxen.

There are many herds of them in the royal menagerie; and they produce together as freely as the fallow-deer.

It would be a difficult point to determine the original species of the fallow-deer.

The smallest roe-bucks are generally of a fallow colour, and the largest brown.

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