Or lucerne; Perennial tall herbaceous plant Medicago sativa of the pea family Leguminosae. It is native to Eurasia and bears spikes of small purple flowers in late summer. It is now a major fodder crop, generally processed into hay, meal, or silage. Alfalfa sprouts, the sprouted seeds, have become a popular salad ingredient.
1. Important European leguminous forage plant with trifoliate leaves and blue-violet flowers grown widely as a pasture and hay crop; SYN. lucerne, Medicago sativa.
2. Leguminous plant grown for hay or forage.
Cloverlike forage crop; lucerne.