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  • 1 alfalfa

    (Sp. model spelled same [alfalfa] < Arabic al-fasfasa)
        OED: 1880s. A plant of the genus Medicago sativa. When in bloom it bears cloverlike purple flowers. The plant is widely used as animal fodder and as a cover crop. Spanish sources concur. It made its way to the Southwest from Mexico, having been originally introduced by the Spanish. Also known as lucern(e). It is still in common use among cowmen and ranchers today.

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  • alfalfa — noun Etymology: Spanish, modification of Arabic dialect al faṣfaṣa the alfalfa Date: 1845 a deep rooted leguminous perennial plant (Medicago sativa) of southwestern Asia that is widely grown for hay and forage …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Juncture loss — (also known as junctural metanalysis, false splitting, misdivision, refactorization, or rebracketing) is the linguistic process by which two words (often an article and a noun) become partially or wholly affixed. Some examples would be if a… …   Wikipedia

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  • alfalfa — (Del ár. al fasfasa.) ► sustantivo femenino 1 BOTÁNICA Planta leguminosa, de hojas con el borde dentado y flores violetas o azules en racimos, que se cultiva para forraje. (Medicago sativa.) TAMBIÉN alfalfe SINÓNIMO mielga FRASEOLOGÍA alfalfa… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • alfalfa — {{#}}{{LM A01640}}{{〓}} {{[}}alfalfa{{]}} ‹al·fal·fa› {{《}}▍ s.f.{{》}} Planta leguminosa que se cultiva para forraje o alimento del ganado: • La flor de la alfalfa es de color violeta o azulado.{{○}} {{★}}{{\}}ETIMOLOGÍA:{{/}} Del árabe al… …   Diccionario de uso del español actual con sinónimos y antónimos

  • alfalfa — n. a leguminous plant, Medicago sativa, with clover like leaves and flowers used for fodder. Also called LUCERNE. Etymology: Sp. f. Arab. al fasfasa, a green fodder …   Useful english dictionary

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