- 1 English
- 1.1 Pronunciation
- 1.2 Etymology 1
- 1.3 Etymology 2
- 1.4 Etymology 3
- 1.5 References
From Middle English falow, from Old English fealh (“fallow land”), from Proto-Germanic *falgō (compare East Frisian falge, Dutch valg, German Felge), from Proto-Indo-European *polḱéh₂ (“arable land”) (compare Gaulish olca, Russian полоса́ (polosá)).
- (agriculture, uncountable) Ground ploughed and harrowed but left unseeded for one year.
- (agriculture, uncountable) Uncultivated land.
- The ploughing or tilling of land, without sowing it for a season.
- By a complete summer fallow, land is rendered tender and mellow. The fallow gives it a better tilth than can be given by a fallow crop.
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- (of agricultural land) Ploughed but left unseeded for more than one planting season.
- (of agricultural land) Left unworked and uncropped for some amount of time.
- (figuratively) Inactive; undeveloped.
- a fallow period in one's career
From Middle English falowen, falwen, from Old English fealgian (“to fallow; break up land”), from Proto-Germanic *falgōną (“to fallow”). Cognate with Dutch valgen (“to plow lightly; fallow”), German Low German falgen (“to till; dig a hole”).
From Middle English falwe, from Old English fealu, from Proto-Germanic *falwaz (compare West Frisian feal, Dutch vaal, German falb, fahl), from Proto-Indo-European *polʷos (compare Lithuanian pal̃vas 'sallow, wan', Russian половый (polovyj) 'wan, light yellow', Serbo-Croatian plâv 'blond, blue', Ancient Greek πολιός (poliós) 'grey'), from Proto-Indo-European *pel- 'pale'.
- Of a pale red or yellow, light brown; dun.
- a fallow deer or greyhound
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- “fallow” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).