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 (sān′foin′, săn′-)
A Eurasian plant (Onobrychis viciifolia) in the pea family, having pinnately compound leaves and pink or white flowers and often grown as a forage crop.

[French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin sānum faenum : Latin sānum, neuter of sānus, healthy + Latin faenum, hay; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Plants) a Eurasian perennial leguminous plant, Onobrychis viciifolia, widely grown as a forage crop, having pale pink flowers and curved pods
[C17: from French, from Medieval Latin sānum faenum wholesome hay, referring to its former use as a medicine]
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(ˈseɪn fɔɪn)

a Eurasian plant, Onobrychis viciaefolia, of the legume family, having pinnate leaves and clusters of pink flowers: used for forage.
[1620–30; < French]
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Noun1.sainfoin - Eurasian perennial herb having pale pink flowers and curved podssainfoin - Eurasian perennial herb having pale pink flowers and curved pods; naturalized in Britain and North America grasslands on calcareous soils; important forage crop and source of honey in Britain
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Onobrychis, Onobrychis - genus of Old World herbs having pinnate leaves and pink or whites racemose flowers followed by flat unjointed pods
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[ˈsænfɔɪn] Npipirigallo m
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[ˈsænfɔɪn] nfieno santo
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Northumberland farmer James Drummond will also be speaking to the group about his personal experience of using multi species swards with trial work currently ongoing for plantain, sainfoin, chicory and birdsfoot trefoil with 142 acres going into various herb/legume mixes in the past 14 months.
Enhancement of biomass production of birdsfoot trefoil, sainfoin and subterranean clover by mixed cropping with perennial ryegrass.
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Representatives of the One Village One Product Association said there is a big demand for sainfoin honey made in Kyrgyzstan in Japan.
The digestibility of the leaves and stems of perennial ryegrass, cocksfoot, timothy, tall fescue, Lucerne and sainfoin, as measured by an in vitro procedure.
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Hertzberg, "Effect of sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia) silage and hay on established populations of Haemonchus contortus and Cooperia curticei in lambs," Veterinary Parasitology, vol.
The treatments consisted of the following: (1) barley annual cover (Hordeum vulgare L.) that was seeded each autumn at 70 kg x [ha.sup.-1]; (2) sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia Scop.), a legume that was seeded each year (42kg x [ha.sup.-1]); (3) purple false brome (Brachypodium distachyon L.