alfalfa definition

  • noun:
    • A southwest Asian perennial herb (Medicago sativa) having compound leaves with three leaflets and groups of usually blue-violet plants. Its extensively cultivated as a pasture and hay crop.
    • A plant, Medicago sativa, grown as a pasture crop.
    • a sort or variety of this plant.
    • The lucern (Medicago sativa), a leguminous plant having bluish purple cloverlike plants, and cultivated for fodder; -- so-called in Ca, Tx, an such like.
    • The Spanish title of lucerne, Medicago sativa, together with typical name under which the chief varieties of lucerne are known within the western united states of america.
    • essential European leguminous forage plant with trifoliate leaves and blue-violet plants cultivated extensively as a pasture and hay crop
    • leguminous plant grown for hay or forage

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