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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.
(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]
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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|Noun||1.||sainfoin - 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