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From Middle English hey, from Old English h??, h?e?, from Proto-Germanic *hawj? (compare West Frisian hea, Dutch hooi, German Heu, Norwegian høy), from *hawwan? (“to hew, cut down”). More at hew.
hay (countable and uncountable, plural hays)
- (uncountable) Grass cut and dried for use as animal fodder.
- (countable) Any mix of green leafy plants used for fodder.
- (slang) Cannabis; marijuana.
- A net set around the haunt of an animal, especially a rabbit.
- (obsolete) A hedge.
- (obsolete) A circular country dance.
- To cut grasses or herb plants for use as animal fodder.
- To lay snares for rabbits.
hay (plural hays)
- The letter for the h sound in Pitman shorthand.