• WordNet 3.6
    • n alfalfa leguminous plant grown for hay or forage
    • n alfalfa important European leguminous forage plant with trifoliate leaves and blue-violet flowers grown widely as a pasture and hay crop
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Alfalfa (Bot) The lucern (Medicago sativa), a leguminous plant having bluish purple cloverlike flowers, and cultivated for fodder; -- so called in California, Texas, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alfalfa The Spanish name of lucerne, Medicago sativa, and the common name under which the chief varieties of lucerne are known in the western United States.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alfalfa al-fal′fa a Spanish name for a variety of lucerne—used also in some parts of the United States.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. alfalfa, three-leaved grass; Ar. alfacfacah.


In literature:

The Alfalfa Delts were to get first crack at him.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
Lucerne (or alfalfa, as it is called in America), once planted, will last from five to ten years.
"Australia The Dairy Country" by Australia Department of External Affairs
They cut through the fields of wheat, of oats, of alfalfa, timothy, and red clover.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
And near them long trains of burros laden with grain, alfalfa, straw, or wood.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
MILTON C. PETERS, president Alfalfa Milling Co. WILLIAM H. KOENIG, of firm of Kilpatrick & Co., dry goods merchants.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
At the end of this was a gate, and attached to the gate a light trough, filled with fresh alfalfa.
"Out on the Pampas" by G. A. Henty
Upon the next morning Lola ran off through the alfalfa rather excitedly.
"A Prairie Infanta" by Eva Wilder Brodhead
The colonists raise beets, potatoes, alfalfa, fruits of different kinds, and stock.
"The Social Work of the Salvation Army" by Edwin Gifford Lamb
A few acres of alfalfa (a productive American grassy crop), some rye, Indian corn, vegetables, and what not.
"The Truth About America" by Edward Money
His stomach urgently demanded grain and alfalfa.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton

In news:

A producing milk cow requires about 27 pounds of dairy-quality alfalfa each day, which means that the 33,000 cows needed to supply the milk plant would eat 162,607 tons of high-quality hay each year.
After devouring sagebrush, alfalfa and vegetables across a wide swath of northern Nevada this summer, swarms of Mormon crickets are finally dying off.
For farmers who intend to plant a double crop in the same field — usually soybeans or alfalfa — the early harvest provides a wider planting window and a better chance of harvesting the second crop before winter.
Dryland alfalfa has stopped growing in many fields.
The price of alfalfa hay has just gone through the roof, says Dan Putnam of $320/ton and higher delivered prices for first cutting coming out of the Imperial Valley to dairies in the Central Valley.
Deregulation of genetically modified alfalfa stirs debate about 'coexistence'.
Once GM alfalfa was fully deregulated on Jan 27, farm and commodity groups applauded while environmental groups promised new legal action.
"We've been waiting long enough," says Phillip Hartman, a Basin, WY, alfalfa seed grower.
He's talking about Roundup Ready alfalfa and the decision facing Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack whether to fully deregulate, deregulate with restrictions or to keep the transgenic seed out of the marketplace.
Alfalfa and Forage Field Day Sept 5, Parlier, Wednesday, Sept 5, 2012: UC Kearney Research and Extension Center, 9240 S Riverbend Ave, Parlier, Calif. 30 am Registration and Continuing Education Sign-ups.
Genetic alfalfa shows promise to relieve hay shortage.
With a background in nutrition, he will work primarily with alfalfa and corn silage seed sales, servicing existing and new customers.
Vilsack wants to gather everyone together and see if he can broker a lofty union and keep RR alfalfa and other ag biotech issues out of the courts.
Alfalfa's-anchored project gets green light from Louisville Planning Commission.
Herouix's Farm in Bark River is primarily a dairy farm, but they also grow alfalfa, barley, and corn.

In science:

The GASS targets are located within the intersection of the footprints of the SDSS primary spectroscopic survey, the pro jected GALEX Medium Imaging Survey and the on-going Hi blind Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA (ALFALFA; Giovanelli et al. 2005) survey.
The GALEX Arecibo SDSS Survey. IV. Baryonic Mass-Velocity-Size Relations of Massive Galaxies
As discussed in Paper I, GASS does not re-observe ob jects with good Hi detections already available from the ALFALFA survey or the Cornell Hi archive (Springob et al. 2005, hereafter S05).
The GALEX Arecibo SDSS Survey. IV. Baryonic Mass-Velocity-Size Relations of Massive Galaxies
To correct the GASS sample for its lack of Hi-rich ob jects, we add galaxies from ALFALFA and S05 in the correct proportions, following the procedure detailed in section 7.2 of Paper I.
The GALEX Arecibo SDSS Survey. IV. Baryonic Mass-Velocity-Size Relations of Massive Galaxies
Hi line widths from GASS, ALFALFA and the S05 archive are measured with the same technique, at the 50% of each peak level (e.g., Catinella et al. 2007, §2.2).
The GALEX Arecibo SDSS Survey. IV. Baryonic Mass-Velocity-Size Relations of Massive Galaxies
GASS and S05 widths are corrected for both instrumental broadening and cosmological redshift, whereas ALFALFA widths are corrected for instrumental broadening only, following equation 1 in Kent et al. (2008).
The GALEX Arecibo SDSS Survey. IV. Baryonic Mass-Velocity-Size Relations of Massive Galaxies