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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fal·low, n.
 1. Plowed land. [Obs.]
    Who . . . pricketh his blind horse over the fallows.   --Chaucer.
 2. Land that has lain a year or more untilled or unseeded; land plowed without being sowed for the season.
    The plowing of fallows is a benefit to land.   --Mortimer.
 3. The plowing or tilling of land, without sowing it for a season; as, summer fallow, properly conducted, has ever been found a sure method of destroying weeds.
    Be 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.   --Sinclair.
 Fallow crop, the crop taken from a green fallow. [Eng.]
 Green fallow, fallow whereby land is rendered mellow and clean from weeds, by cultivating some green crop, as turnips, potatoes, etc. [Eng.]