fallow

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fallow undeveloped but potentially useful "a fallow gold market"
    • adj fallow left unplowed and unseeded during a growing season "fallow farmland"
    • n fallow cultivated land that is not seeded for one or more growing seasons
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fallow Land that has lain a year or more untilled or unseeded; land plowed without being sowed for the season. "The plowing of fallows is a benefit to land."
    • Fallow Left untilled or unsowed after plowing; uncultivated; as, fallow ground.
    • Fallow Pale red or pale yellow; as, a fallow deer or greyhound.
    • Fallow Plowed land. "Who . . . pricketh his blind horse over the fallows ."
    • Fallow The plowing or tilling of land, without sowing it for a season; as, summer fallow, properly conducted, has ever been found a sure method of destroying weeds. "Be a complete summer fallow , land is rendered tender and mellow. The fallow gives it a better tilth than can be given by a fallow crop."
    • v. t Fallow To plow, harrow, and break up, as land, without seeding, for the purpose of destroying weeds and insects, and rendering it mellow; as, it is profitable to fallow cold, strong, clayey land.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fallow Pale; pale-yellow; yellowish; sallow.
    • fallow To become fallow, pale, yellowish, or withered; fade; wither.
    • fallow Plowed and left unseeded; left for a considerable time unworked or unseeded after tillage; untilled; uncultivated; neglected: said of land: often used figuratively.
    • n fallow Land broken up by the plow to prepare it for future seeding; land that has lain for a considerable time unseeded after tillage.
    • n fallow In agriculture, the method of allowing land to lie for a season or more untilled in order to increase its power of producing crops.
    • fallow To render fallow; put (land) into the condition of a fallow, namely, by plowing, harrowing, and breaking it without seeding, for the purpose of destroying weeds and insects and rendering it mellow: as, it is well to fallow cold, strong, clayey land.
    • n fallow One of the strakes of a cart.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Fallow fal′ō left untilled or unsowed for a time
    • n Fallow land that has lain a year or more untilled or unsown after having been ploughed
    • v.t Fallow to plough land without seeding it
    • adj Fallow fal′ō of a brownish-yellow colour
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. fealu, fealo, pale yellow or red; akin to D. vaal, fallow, faded, OHG. falo, G. falb, fahl, Icel. fölr, and prob. to Lith. palvas, OSlav. plavŭ, white, L. pallidus, pale, pallere, to be pale, Gr. polio`s gray, Skr. palita,. Cf. Pale Favel (a.) Favor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. falu; cf. Ger. fahl, Ice. folr.

Usage

In literature:

The frequent occurrence of Fellows is due to its being sometimes for the local Fallows.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
Then come potatoes, then a season of fallow; after which a good coat of manure, to be followed by rye again.
"Germany, Bohemia, and Hungary, Visited in 1837. Vol. II" by G. R. Gleig
Sub-soiling, fall plowing, fallowing, and rotation of crops were little known and less practised.
"Booker T. Washington" by Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
It is about the size of the fallow-deer, and of a light brown hue.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Common loam from an open, well-drained fallow field is good, and, if the soil is naturally rich, excellent for any purpose.
"Mushrooms: how to grow them" by William Falconer
Soon they wearied Maitre Gouy with their advice, and especially by their depreciation of his system of fallowing.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
Jimmy Fallows, being the boastful possessor of the fleetest horse in town, was the first to return from the funeral.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
Downe there comes a fallow doe, As great with yong as she might goe.
"Ballads of Mystery and Miracle and Fyttes of Mirth" by Frank Sidgwick
This powdery fog was caused by the marching army, and hung over it like a fallow cloud.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VIII (of X) - Continental Europe II." by Various
A-a-ah, mind ye," he drawled persuasively, "he's a hardy fallow, that Gilmour.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
The shaft was left unworked, and the holding lay fallow.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Maun-do is a fell fallow.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Our lands lie fallow.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
Is one that manures his ground well, but lets himself lye fallow and untilled.
"Microcosmography" by John Earle
And it would be one of the best kind of fallows for the brain.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1" by George Saintsbury
The average for thirteen years on unmanured fallow soil has been 37.3 lb.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
Wheat, barley or oats, sainfoin, lucerne or clover, and fallow, form the universal rotation.
"Travels in France during the years 1814-1815" by Archibald Alison
Europe was, as it were, a fallow field, beneath which lay buried the civilization of the Old World.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
A continued sheet of corn or fallowed fields occupy the whole plain.
"Before and after Waterloo" by Edward Stanley
The Church had held it fallow.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
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In poetry:

Roses on the hills,
Roses in the hollow,
Roses on the wet hedges,
In the shining fallow.
"Winter Sunset" by Katharine Tynan
``To wintry woe no more a slave,
But, having dried your April tears,
Behold a helpful harvest wave
From ridges of the fallow years.''
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
An' aye the deidly fever-cloud
Was hingin' owre the smitten toun;
An' in the sodgers' barracks laid
Hoo mony bauld, braw fallows doun!
"The Fever-Cloud" by Janet Hamilton
The ploughed field and the fallow field
They sang a prudent song to me;
We bide all year and take our yield
Or barrenness as case may be.
"Generations (The ploughed field and the fallow field)" by Ivor Gurney
From bush to bush, from stile to stile,
Perplex'd he trod the fallow ground,
And told his money all the while
And weigh'd the matter round and round.
"Abner And The Widow Jones" by Robert Bloomfield
``Your soul which Heaven at last must reap,
From too much noise hath barren grown;
Long fallow silence must it keep,
Ere faith revive, and grace be sown.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Writer Deborah Fallows discussed her trials and triumphs learning Mandarin Chinese in China at a Davenport College Master's Tea Thursday.
Fallows and her husband, a writer for The Atlantic, went to Shanghai for three years to research the effects of the Internet on Chinese society.
View full size Chris Fallows A breaching great white shark from "Air Jaws Apocalypse," which kicks off Shark Week 2012.
The Council of Agriculture has recently come up with various policies to aid the sector, including revitalizing fallow farmland, guaranteeing minimum wages for farmers and establishing special high-tech farm areas.
Frederick Law Olmsted 's Staten Island Farm Is Crumbling as Parks Department Lies Fallow.
The Government's climate change policy is a shambles and a disgrace, writes Brian Fallow.
If you are wondering why Fallows does not use a "Comments" field below his posts, please see previous explanations here and here.
Rare Earth Under Fallow Ground.
Jim Fallows weighs in, more elegantly and persuasively than I did, and agrees that Weiner should go Drop-down image credit: AP.
Currently about 8% of EU farming land lies fallow under a decision in the 1990s to eliminate grain surpluses.
According to Discovery.com, this show will follow shark expert Chris Fallows and producer Jeff Kurr as they learn more about the Great White Sharks off the coast of Seal Island, South Africa.
James Fallows explains why the future of industry is in America, Jeffrey Goldberg makes the case for more guns, Ann Patchett describes her battle with Amazon, Isaac Chotiner laments Salman Rushdie's decline, and more.
Photos by Chris and Monique Fallows.
Policy on fallow land use needs revamp: legislators.
James Fallows talks about the surprising strides we've made against al-Qaeda—and why declaring victory will make us safer.
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In science:

This approach has its own merits, but it will not be fallowed on this paper.
Ambiguities on the quantization of a one-dimensional dissipative system with position depending dissipative coefficient
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