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lie fallow

 
1. Lit. [for farmland] to exist unplanted for a period of time. The fields lay fallow under the burning sun. It had been too wet to plant last spring.
2. Fig. [for a skill and talent] to remain unused and neglected. You should not let your talent lie fallow. Practice the piano before you forget how to play it. His writing had lain fallow for so long that he could hardly write a proper sentence.
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Fallow deer like dense woodland but have been seen rutting in the open valley at Dinefwr Park; | listen out for rhythmic belching and bellowing; | scrapes and wallows - these are signs that rutting deer, or deer preparing for the rut, have used the area.
On the meadow, 7x times as many questing nymphs and 5x as many females were collected in 1 hour; on the fallow land, 12x more ticks were collected.
Fallow deer are very aggressive during the rut and they sometimes fight to the death.
In addition to fallow bucks' groans being honest signals of age and competitiveness or rank, we've shown that a buck's 'vocal identity' changes substantially from one year to the next, while genetic identity of course remains exactly the same," McElligott said.
CUTLINE: European fallow deer at the Southwick's Zoo yesterday.
For instance, of the large number of Romano-British sites excavated to date, few have yielded fallow deer remains (Figure 2).
Some people told us it's ridiculous to do any contraception, and [urged us] to just eliminate [the fallow and axis deer] as quickly as possible--don't waste any taxpayer money.
color) Hannes Schachtner of Glendale holds a limit of mourning dove shot while gunning over a fallow wheat field.
To ensure that all land is assigned to an activity, an extra land use must be added which is interpreted as fallow land if total demand is less than the available land, or as the extent of each land use that cannot be satisfied if the total extent of demand is greater than total land available.
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The mature brushland edge plot had the highest species richness (43) followed by the replanted edge plot (37), mature brushland interior (35), replanted interior plot (33) and fallow field interior (12) and edge (11) plots.
It's been a long winter for the female fallow deer.
Striga thrives where farmers have grown nothing but corn for decades, especially where fallow periods have been shortened or eliminated.
At the Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary, the varied greens and yellows of tropical evergreen forest, mixed deciduous forest, bamboo forest, savanna grasslands and fallow fields blend into a striking mosaic.