Definition of alsike in English:

alsike

noun

(also alsike clover)
  • A tall clover that is widely grown for fodder. Native to Europe, it has become naturalized in North America.

    Trifolium hybridum, family Leguminosae

    ‘A cool and moist environment is ideal for alsike clover growth; it has poor heat and drought tolerance.’
    • ‘Hay or pasture containing a large percentage of alsike clover is generally not recommended for horses.’
    • ‘As a precaution alsike clover should not be fed to horses in amounts greater than 5% of the feed.’
    • ‘Horse owners should be able to recognize the different red, white, and alsike clovers so that poisoning can be prevented.’
    • ‘Nutritionally, white and alsike clovers are similar to alfalfa.’

Pronunciation

alsike

/ˈalˌsik/ /ˈælˌsɪk/ /ˈalˌsīk/ /ˈælˌsaɪk/

Origin

Mid 19th century named after Alsike in Sweden; Linnaeus mentions the plant growing there.