- (of land) plowed and left unseeded for a season or more; uncultivated.
- not in use; inactive: My creative energies have lain fallow this year.
- land that has undergone plowing and harrowing and has been left unseeded for one or more growing seasons.
- to make (land) fallow for agricultural purposes.
Origin of fallow1
Examples from the Web for fallowing
What I had heard and read of fallowing now came back to mind.
Fallowing was a practice rarely deviated from by the Romans.
The fallowing figure from Roesel will give a more precise notion of this structure than a lengthened description.Insect Architecture
Sub-soiling, fall plowing, fallowing, and rotation of crops were little known and less practised.Booker T. Washington
Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
In the years of experimenting, the fallowing system underwent a number of changes.
- (of land) left unseeded after being ploughed and harrowed to regain fertility for a crop
- (of an idea, state of mind, etc) undeveloped or inactive, but potentially useful
- land treated in this way
- (tr) to leave (land) unseeded after ploughing and harrowing it
- of a light yellowish-brown colour
Word Origin and History for fallowing
c.1300, from Old English fealh "fallow land," from Proto-Germanic *falgo (cf. Old High German felga "harrow," German Felge "plowed-up fallow land," East Frisian falge "fallow," falgen "to break up ground"), perhaps from a derivation of PIE root *pel- "to turn," assimilated in English to fallow (adj.) because of the color of plowed earth. Originally "plowed land," then "land plowed but not planted" (1520s). As an adjective, from late 14c.
"pale yellow, brownish yellow," Old English fealu "reddish yellow, yellowish-brown, tawny, dusk-colored," from Proto-Germanic *falwa- (cf. Old Saxon falu, Old Norse fölr, Middle Dutch valu, Dutch vaal, Old High German falo, German falb), from PIE *pal-wo- "dark-colored, gray" (cf. Old Church Slavonic plavu, Lithuanian palvas "sallow;" Greek polios, Sanskrit palitah, Welsh llwyd "gray;" Latin pallere "to be pale"), from root *pal- (see pallor). It also forms the root of words for "pigeon" in Greek (peleia), Latin (palumbes), and Old Prussian (poalis).