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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.
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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||vetch - 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|
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