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vetch

 (vĕch)
n.
Any of various herbs of the genus Vicia of the pea family, having pinnately compound leaves that terminate in tendrils and small, variously colored flowers.

[Middle English vetche, from Old North French veche, from Latin vicia; see weik- in Indo-European roots.]

vetch

(vɛtʃ)
n
1. (Plants) any of various climbing leguminous plants of the temperate genus Vicia, esp V. sativa, having pinnate leaves, typically blue or purple flowers, and tendrils on the stems
2. (Plants) any of various similar and related plants, such as Lathyrus sativus, cultivated in parts of Europe, and the kidney vetch
3. (Plants) the beanlike fruit of any of these plants
[C14: fecche, from Old French veche, from Latin vicia]

vetch

(vɛtʃ)

n.
any of several climbing plants of the legume family, bearing pealike flowers, esp. Vicia sativa, cultivated for forage and soil improvement.
[1325–75; Middle English ve(c)che < Anglo-French; Old French vecce < Latin vicia]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vetch - any of various climbing plants of the genus Vicia having pinnately compound leaves that terminate in tendrils and small variously colored flowersvetch - any of various climbing plants of the genus Vicia having pinnately compound leaves that terminate in tendrils and small variously colored flowers; includes valuable forage and soil-building plants
legume, leguminous plant - an erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae
genus Vicia, Vicia - widely distributed genus of annual or perennial and often climbing herbs
tare - any of several weedy vetches grown for forage
bird vetch, Calnada pea, tufted vetch, Vicia cracca - common perennial climber of temperate regions of Eurasia and North America having dense elongate clusters of flowers
bitter betch, Vicia orobus - European perennial toxic vetch
spring vetch, Vicia sativa - herbaceous climbing plant valuable as fodder and for soil-building
bush vetch, Vicia sepium - European purple-flowered with slender stems; occurs as a weed in hedges
Translations

vetch

[vetʃ] Narveja f (planta)

vetch

nWicke f
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