hayey, adj.
/hay/, n.
1. grass, clover, alfalfa, etc., cut and dried for use as forage.
2. grass mowed or intended for mowing.
3. Slang.
a. a small sum of money: Twenty dollars an hour for doing very little certainly ain't hay.
b. money: A thousand dollars for a day's work is a lot of hay!
4. Slang. marijuana.
5. a roll in the hay, Slang. sexual intercourse.
6. hit the hay, Informal. to go to bed: It got to be past midnight before anyone thought of hitting the hay.
7. in the hay, in bed; retired, esp. for the night: By ten o'clock he's in the hay.
8. make hay of, to scatter in disorder; render ineffectual: The destruction of the manuscript made hay of two years of painstaking labor.
9. make hay while the sun shines, to seize an opportunity when it presents itself: If you want to be a millionaire, you have to make hay while the sun shines. Also, make hay.
10. to convert (plant material) into hay.
11. to furnish (horses, cows, etc.) with hay.
12. to cut grass, clover, or the like, and store for use as forage.
[bef. 900; ME; OE heg; c. G Heu, ON hey, Goth hawi. See HEW]

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In agriculture, dried grasses and other foliage used as animal feed.

Typical hay crops are timothy, alfalfa, and clover. Usually the material is cut in the field while still green and then either dried in the field or mechanically dried by forced hot air. Balers compress hay into tightly packed rectangular or cylindrical bales tied with wire or twine. Loose hay may also be "vacuumed" off the field and then blown into stacks in a barn or other storage facility. Properly cured hay with 20% or less moisture may be stored for months without danger of spoilage.
(as used in expressions)
Hay John Milton
Whitney John Hay
Sulzberger Arthur Hays

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      town, south-central New South Wales, Australia, on the Murrumbidgee River. The settlement originated in 1840 as a coach station known as Lang's Crossing Place. Surveyed in 1858, it became a town the following year and was named after John Hay, a district parliamentary representative. Developed as a river port, it was proclaimed a municipality in 1872 and a shire in 1965. Situated at the junction of the Sturt, Cobb, and Mid Western highways and forming the terminus of a rail line from Sydney (368 miles [592 km] northeast), Hay now serves a wide area (of the far-western Riverina) of semiarid grazing and irrigated-fruit and dairy farming. Pop. (2006) local government area, 3,383.

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