milk vetch


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milk vetch

n.
1. Any of various plants of the genus Astragalus of the pea family, having pinnate, compound leaves and clusters of purple, white, or yellowish flowers. Also called astragalus.
2. See astragalus.

[From the belief that it increases the milk yield of goats.]

milk vetch

n
(Plants) any of various leguminous plants of the genus Astragalus, esp A. glycyphyllos, with clusters of purple, white, or yellowish flowers: formerly reputed to increase milk production in goats

milk′ vetch`


n.
any of various plants of the genus Astragalus, of the legume family, esp. a European plant, A. glycyphyllos, believed to increase the secretion of milk in goats.
[1590–1600]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.milk vetch - any of various plants of the genus Astragalusmilk vetch - any of various plants of the genus Astragalus
Astragalus, genus Astragalus - large genus of annual or perennial herbs or shrubs of north temperate regions; largest genus in the family Leguminosae
alpine milk vetch, Astragalus alpinus - perennial of mountainous areas of Eurasia and North America
Astragalus danicus, purple milk vetch - perennial of southern and western Europe having dense racemes of purple or violet flowers
ligneous plant, woody plant - a plant having hard lignified tissues or woody parts especially stems
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