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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.]
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(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
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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.
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|Noun||1.||milk 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
Astragalus danicus, purple milk vetch - perennial of southern and western Europe having dense racemes of purple or violet flowers
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