• (British) IPA: /ˈfæləʊ/
  • (America) enPR: fălʹō, IPA: /ˈfæloʊ/


  1. (agriculture, uncountable) Ground ploughed and harrowed but left unseeded for one year.
  2. (agriculture, uncountable) Uncultivated land.
  3. The ploughing or tilling of land, without sowing it for a season.
    • By 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.
  • French: jachère
  • German: Grünbrache, Kulturbrache, Rotationsbrache
  • Italian: maggese
  • Portuguese: pousio
  • Russian: пар
  • Spanish: barbecho, guamil
Translations Adjective


  1. (of agricultural land) Ploughed but left unseeded for more than one planting season.
  2. (of agricultural land) Left unworked and uncropped for some amount of time.
  3. (figurative) Inactive; undeveloped.
    a fallow period in one's career
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fallow (fallows, present participle fallowing; past and past participle fallowed)

  1. (transitive) To make land fallow for agricultural purposes.
Translations Adjective


  1. (color) Of a pale red or yellow, light brown; dun.
    a fallow deer or greyhound
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