Definition of fallow adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfæləʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæloʊ//
    Growing crops
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  1. 1(of farm land) not used for growing crops, especially so that the quality of the land will improve Farmers are now paid to let their land lie fallow. Wordfinderarable, barn, crop, cultivate, dairy, fallow, farm, graze, livestock, tractor See related entries: Growing crops
  2. 2(of a period of time) when nothing is created or produced; not successful Contemporary dance is coming onto the arts scene again after a long fallow period.
  3. Word OriginOld English fealgian ‘to break up land for sowing’, of Germanic origin; related to Low German falgen.
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