Luzerne

Isolated alfalfa flower. Alfalfa, Medicago sativa, also called lucerne, is a perennial flowering plant in the pea family. Its cultivated as an important forage crop in many countries around the world.

Medicago sativa

Alfalfa (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

From Spanish alfalfa, from early form alfalfez, from Arabic الْفِصْفِصَة(al-fiṣfiṣa), الْفَصْفَصَة(al-faṣfaṣa, alfalfa, lucerne, literally horse-food).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ælˈfælfə/

Noun

alfalfa (countable and uncountable, plural alfalfas)

  1. (uncountable) A plant, principally of Medicago sativa, grown as a pasture crop.
    Synonym: lucerne (British)
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