1. Pale red or pale yellow; as, a fallow deer or greyhound.
2. Left untilled or unsowed after plowing; uncultivated; as, fallow ground.
Fallow chat, Fallow finch Zool., a small European bird, the wheatear (Saxicola œnanthe). See Wheatear.
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.]
Fal·low v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fallowed p. pr. & vb. n. Fallowing.] To plow, harrow, and break up, as land, without seeding, for the purpose of destroying weeds and insects, and rendering it mellow; as, it is profitable to fallow cold, strong, clayey land.
adj 1: left unplowed and unseeded during a growing season; "fallow
2: undeveloped but potentially useful; "a fallow gold market"
n : cultivated land that is not seeded for one or more growing