from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Plowed but left unseeded during a growing season: fallow farmland.
- adj. Characterized by inactivity: a fallow gold market.
- n. Land left unseeded during a growing season.
- n. The act of plowing land and leaving it unseeded.
- n. The condition or period of being unseeded.
- transitive v. To plow (land) without seeding it afterward.
- transitive v. To plow and till (land), especially to eradicate or reduce weeds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Ground ploughed and harrowed but left unseeded for one year.
- n. Uncultivated land.
- n. An area of fallow land.
- adj. Ploughed but left unseeded for more than one planting season.
- adj. Inactive; undeveloped.
- v. To make land fallow for agricultural purposes.
- adj. A pale red or yellow, light brown; dun.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pale red or pale yellow.
- adj. Left untilled or unsowed after plowing; uncultivated.
- n. Plowed land.
- n. Land that has lain a year or more untilled or unseeded; land plowed without being sowed for the season.
- n. The plowing or tilling of land, without sowing it for a season.
- transitive v. To plow, harrow, and break up, as land, without seeding, for the purpose of destroying weeds and insects, and rendering it mellow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pale; pale-yellow; yellowish; sallow.
- To become fallow, pale, yellowish, or withered; fade; wither.
- Plowed and left unseeded; left for a considerable time unworked or unseeded after tillage; untilled; uncultivated; neglected: said of land: often used figuratively.
- n. Land broken up by the plow to prepare it for future seeding; land that has lain for a considerable time unseeded after tillage.
- n. In agriculture, the method of allowing land to lie for a season or more untilled in order to increase its power of producing crops.
- To render fallow; put (land) into the condition of a fallow, namely, by plowing, harrowing, and breaking it without seeding, for the purpose of destroying weeds and insects and rendering it mellow: as, it is well to fallow cold, strong, clayey land.
- n. One of the strakes of a cart.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. undeveloped but potentially useful
- n. cultivated land that is not seeded for one or more growing seasons
- adj. left unplowed and unseeded during a growing season
Middle English falow, from Old English fealh, fallow land.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English falow, from Old English fealh 'fallow land', from Proto-Germanic *falhaz (compare East Frisian falge, German Felge), from Proto-Indo-European *polk̑éh₂ 'arable land' (compare Gaulish olca, Russian polosá). (Wiktionary)
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', Serbo-Croatian plâv 'blond, blue', Ancient Greek πολιός (poliós) 'grey'), from Proto-Indo-European *pel- 'pale'. (Wiktionary)