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Any of several herbs of the genus Lathyrus of the pea family, having pinnately compound leaves, slender tendrils, and variously colored flowers.


(Plants) any of various leguminous tendril-climbing plants of the genus Lathyrus, esp L. pratensis (meadow vetchling), mainly of N temperate regions, having winged or angled stems and showy flowers. See also sweet pea


(ˈvɛtʃ lɪŋ)

any of various plants of the genus Lathyrus, of the legume family, similar to the vetch.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vetchling - any of various small plants of the genus Lathyrusvetchling - any of various small plants of the genus Lathyrus; climb usually by means of tendrils
genus Lathyrus, Lathyrus - genus of climbing herbs of Old World and temperate North and South America: vetchling; wild pea
black pea, Lathyrus niger - perennial of Europe and North Africa; foliage turns black in drying
grass vetch, grass vetchling, Lathyrus nissolia - annual European vetch with red flowers
grass pea, Indian pea, khesari, Lathyrus sativus - European annual grown for forage; seeds used for food in India and for stock elsewhere
Lathyrus vernus, spring vetchling, spring vetch - bushy European perennial having nodding racemose violet-blue flowers
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
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Also on old industrial land, rare grass vetchling is growing near Switch Island, where Pyramid Orchid has been found among the usual marsh, bee, and spotted orchids.
There have been exhibited: samples of red and Polish wheat, barley, millet, oat, two-row barely, vetchling, but also 93 forestry species collected from the Domain's forest, arranged on 48 boards; 0.300 kg of silk, starting from a thread made from a cocoon and to 100 gr.
White flowers are far more common, such as the lesser stitchwort, clover and the ubiquitous ox-eye daisy, while the main sources of yellow in a meadow are ragwort and meadow vetchling.