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Etymology 1

From Old English fealh (fallow land), from the Proto-Germanic *falgo, perhaps a derivation of Proto-Indo-European *pel- (to turn), assimilated in English to the adjective fallow because of the color of plowed earth. Originally "plowed land", then "land plowed but not planted"

Noun

Singular
fallow

Plural
s

fallow (s)
  1. (agriculture, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Ground ploughed and harrowed but left unseeded for one year.
  2. (agriculture, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Uncultivated land.
  3. (agriculture, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An area of fallow land.
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Adjective

fallow

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Ploughed but left unseeded for more than one planting season.
  2. Inactive; undeveloped.
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Verb

Infinitive
to fallow

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to fallow (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To make land fallow for agricultural purposes.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English falow from Old English fealu; akin to Old High German falo (pale, fallow), Latin palleo (to be pale), Ancient Greek πολιός (polios), gray) (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2006). Compare German falb.

Adjective

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Positive
fallow

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. A pale red or yellow, light brown; dun.
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References

  • "fallow" in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001

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