[ sahy-lij ]
/ ˈsaɪ lɪdʒ /


fodder preserved through fermentation in a silo; ensilage.

Origin of silage

1880–85; shortening of ensilage, influenced by silo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for silage


/ (ˈsaɪlɪdʒ) /


any crop harvested while green for fodder and kept succulent by partial fermentation in a siloAlso called: ensilage

Word Origin for silage

C19: alteration (influenced by silo) of ensilage
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Word Origin and History for silage



"fodder packed in a silo," 1884, alteration (probably by influence of silo) of ensilage (1881), from French ensilage, from ensiler "put in a silo," from Spanish ensilar (see silo).

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