Definition of


  1. (noun, object) cultivated land that is not seeded for one or more growing seasons
  2. (adj, all) left unplowed and unseeded during a growing season
  3. (adj, all) undeveloped but potentially useful

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Alternate forms of Fallow

Derivations: fallow

Hypernyms: cultivated land, farmland, ploughland, plowland, tillage, tilled land, tilth

Origin of the word Fallow

  1. O.E. fealh "fallow land," from P.Gmc. *falgo (cf. O.H.G. felga "harrow," E.Fris. falge "fallow," falgen "to break up ground"), perhaps from a derivation of PIE base *pel- "to turn," assimilated in Eng. to fallow (adj.) because of the color of plowed earth. Originally "plowed land," then "land plowed but not planted" (1523). more
  2. O.E. fealu "pale, faded, dark, yellowish-brown," from P.Gmc. *falwaz (cf. O.N. f?lr, M.Du. valu, Ger. falb), from PIE *polwos "dark-colored, gray" (cf. O.C.S. plavu, Lith. palvas "sallow," Gk. polios, Welsh llwyd "gray," L. pallere "to be pale"). It also forms the root of words for "pigeon" in Gk. (more

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Words that sound like Fallow

fa la, fable, fail, faille, fal la, fall, fall away, falla, fallal, feeble, feebly, feel, fell, fella, fellah

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