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silage (sī´lĬj) or ensilage (ĕn´səlĬj), succulent, moist feed made by storing a green crop in a silo. The crop most used for silage is corn; others are sorghum, sunflowers, legumes, and grass. In a sealed silo, typically in the past a tall cylindrical structure but often today in a surface pile covered tightly with heavy-gauge plastic, the crop ferments for about one month. This fermentation process, called ensiling, produces acids and consumes the oxygen in the silo, preserving the plant material. In pit ensiling, compacted silage ferments in an unsealed underground enclosure. Silage replaces or supplements hay for cattle, horses, and sheep. It is rich in carotene, an important source of vitamin A. A machine called an ensilage harvester cuts and chops the crop in one operation, preparing it for storage in the silo.

See publications of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

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si·lage / ˈsīlij/ • n. grass or other green fodder compacted and stored in airtight conditions, typically in a silo, without first being dried, and used as animal feed in the winter. • v. [intr.] [often as n.] (silaging) make silage. ∎  [tr.] preserve (grass and other green fodder) as silage.

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silage(ensilage) A type of foodstuff for livestock, prepared from green crops (e.g. grass); the crops are stored in a pit or silo and the Bacteria present on the plants carry out fermentation (sometimes hastened by the use of chemical additives), the products of which preserve the plant material from further decay and loss of nutritional value.

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silage

silage (ensilage) A type of foodstuff for livestock, prepared from green crops (e.g. grass); the crops are stored in a pit or silo and the bacteria present on the plants carry out fermentation, the products of which preserve the plant material from further decay and loss of nutritional value.

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silage ensilage. XIX. Alt. of ENSILAGE, after SILO.

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