American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various herbs of the genus Vicia, having pinnately compound leaves that terminate in tendrils and small, variously colored flowers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Vicia; the tare. The species are mostly climbing herbs of moderate height; many of them are useful as wild or cultivated forage-plants. The common vetch, the species most largely cultivated, is V. sativa. (See
tare.) V. peregrina and V. cordata are annuals grown in Italy; and V.(Ervum) Ervilia of the Mediterranean region, known as black bitter-vetch, is grown as a forage-plant on calcareous soils. V. tetrasperma, the lentil tare, is said to be better than the common vetch for sandy ground, and V.hirsuta, the tare-vetch, and V. calcarata approach it in value. The wood-vetch, V. sylvatica, the bushvetch, V. sepium, and the tufted vetch, V. Cracca, are perennials useful in pastures. The common bean of Europe is of the vetch genus, V. Faba. (See bean.) The name is extended to some kindred plants of other genera.
- n. Any of several leguminous plants, of the genus Vicia, often grown as green manure and for their edible seeds.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) Any leguminous plant of the genus Vicia, some species of which are valuable for fodder. The common species is Vicia sativa.
- n. any of various climbing plants of the genus Vicia having pinnately compound leaves that terminate in tendrils and small variously colored flowers; includes valuable forage and soil-building plants
- From Old French veche, from Latin vicia. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English vetche, from Old North French veche, from Latin vicia. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For the Latins call a vetch Cicer, and a nick or dent at the tip of his nose, which resembled the opening in a vetch, gave him the surname of”
“For the Latins call a vetch Cicer, and a nick or dent at the tip of his nose, which resembled the opening in a vetch, gave him the surname of Cicero.”
“Here we found a small quantity of the little pea-vetch, which is such excellent food for the camels.”
“In the woody part of the island grows a vetch, that is green all the winter, and a great support for horses and cattle, though it is to be feared the hogs will root it all up.”
The Westover Manuscripts: Containing the History of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina; A Journey to the Land of Eden, A. D. 1733; and A Progress to the Mines. Written from 1728 to 1736, and Now First Published
“Cicero, who was so called from the founder of his family, that was marked on the nose with a little wen like a vetch, which is _Cicer_ in Latin, instead of Marcus”
“My father came in soon after, and when he heard so much of the story as I had told Mistress Pennyquick he drew his fingers through his beard and said in his quiet way: "To be sure, barrels were not made for that kind of vetch!”
“Now, in its place, I have a vast area of some kind of creeping yellow vetch which is green compared to the grass and covered in little flowers.”
“February, and then often sow 'teff,' but more frequently a kind of vetch or pea, called Shimbra; these are cut down before the first rains, which are in April; yet with all the advantages of a triple harvest, which requires neither manure nor any expensive processes, the farmer in Abyssinia is always very poor. ”
“Rushing streams overflow their banks in summer, watering the meadows where a young Lev Tolstoy wandered, botanical primer in hand, picking out the . . . red, white, and pink scented tufty clover; milk-white ox-eye daisies with their bright yellow centers and pleasant spicy smell; yellow honey-scented rape blossoms; tall campanulas with white and lilac bells, tulip-shaped; creeping vetch . . .”
“For example, I did a dish of shirttail grouse with farro, sunflower seeds, malt vinegar, vetch flowers and a rose hip glaze -- the grouse we'd shot had been gorging on vetch and rose hips, so it seemed appropriate.”
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