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Any of several herbs of the genus Lathyrus of the pea family, having pinnately compound leaves, slender tendrils, and variously colored flowers.


(Plants) any of various leguminous tendril-climbing plants of the genus Lathyrus, esp L. pratensis (meadow vetchling), mainly of N temperate regions, having winged or angled stems and showy flowers. See also sweet pea


(ˈvɛtʃ lɪŋ)

any of various plants of the genus Lathyrus, of the legume family, similar to the vetch.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vetchling - any of various small plants of the genus Lathyrusvetchling - any of various small plants of the genus Lathyrus; climb usually by means of tendrils
genus Lathyrus, Lathyrus - genus of climbing herbs of Old World and temperate North and South America: vetchling; wild pea
black pea, Lathyrus niger - perennial of Europe and North Africa; foliage turns black in drying
grass vetch, grass vetchling, Lathyrus nissolia - annual European vetch with red flowers
grass pea, Indian pea, khesari, Lathyrus sativus - European annual grown for forage; seeds used for food in India and for stock elsewhere
Lathyrus vernus, spring vetchling, spring vetch - bushy European perennial having nodding racemose violet-blue flowers
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
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A special section exposing all varieties of cereals grown between 1905 and 1906: samples of wheat, corn, flax, beans, peas, hemp, sugar beet, oats, rye, barley (winter, spring, common, with six rows) two-row barely, proso millet, millet, hops, rape, sorghum, poppy seed, vetchling, clover, sainfoin, buckwheat, white mustard, coriander, sunflower, yellow lupine, soybean hyspida, horse bean and earthmouse, lentils, different varieties of wheat, oat, barley, rye, flax, hemp, made up in bundles, different varieties of potatoes, lucern root.
White flowers are far more common, such as the lesser stitchwort, clover and the ubiquitous ox-eye daisy, while the main sources of yellow in a meadow are ragwort and meadow vetchling.
The signs tell you that the reserve, for example, contains meadow buttercup, knapweed and vetchling, with speckled wood, skipper, marbled white and gatekeeper butterflies all keen.
And there was joy in his voice for those buttercups growing in profusion along with ox-eye daisies, cowslips, meadow vetchling and ragged robins on the reclaimed Pickerings Meadow, rising from the salt marshes on the Widnes side of the Mersey.