leguminous plant grown to feed livestock, lucern
Medicago Sativa. Alfalfa can be taken as a capsule, tablet, tea or the dried plant itself. Perennial member of the family Fabaceae and is one of the most common, cultivated forage plants, being fed to animals either as hay or in a dehydrated form. Alfalfa grows on the side of the road and leaves a peculiar green haze and pungent smell in the air. Alfalfa is promoted as a detoxifier, said to cleanse the liver and bloodstream. Nutritious source of beta carotene, calcium, chlorophyll, and the vitamins D, E and K. Studies have noted a link between consumption of high doses of Alfalfa with the onset, or aggravation of, existing Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Those diagnosed with Lupus should avoid alfalfa products entirely
see also lucernalfalfa
\al*fal"fa\ (&?;), n. [sp.] (bot.) the lucern (medicago sativa); -- so called in california, texas, etc.
Alfalfa , Medicago sativa, also called lucerne, is a perennial flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae cultivated as an important forage crop in many countries around the world. The Spanish-Arabic (according to wiktionary]and the DRAE] name alfalfa is widely used, particularly in North America and Australia. But in the UK, South Africa and New Zealand, the more commonly used name is lucerne. It superficially resembles clover, with clusters of small purple flowers followed by fruits spiralled in 2 to 3 turns containing 10-20 seeds. Alfalfa is native to a warmer temperate climate such as that of Iran (where it is thought to have originated). It has been cultivated as livestock fodder since at least the era of the ancient Greeks and Romans.
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1. important European leguminous forage plant with trifoliate leaves and blue-violet flowers grown widely as a pasture and hay crop
(synonym) lucerne, Medicago sativa
(hypernym) medic, medick, trefoil
2. leguminous plant grown for hay or forage
(part-holonym) lucerne, Medicago sativa
The lucern (Medicago sativa); -- so called in California, Texas, etc.
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