A plant that is widely cultivated as forage for livestock and as a soil-improving crop.
Late 19th century: from spanish, literally "alfalfa", from arabic al-fasfasa "the best hay".
- The farmer grows alfalfa to feed his cows.
- Alfalfa is a rich source of vitamins and minerals.
- The alfalfa fields were harvested for hay to be used for winter feed.
- The alfalfa is used to improve soil fertility and reduce erosion.
- The alfalfa is a popular crop for small farmers because of its adaptability to a variety of soils and climates.