from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various herbs of the genus Vicia, having pinnately compound leaves that terminate in tendrils and small, variously colored flowers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several leguminous plants, of the genus Vicia, often grown as green manure and for their edible seeds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any leguminous plant of the genus Vicia, some species of which are valuable for fodder. The common species is Vicia sativa.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Vicia; the tare.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English vetche, from Old North French veche, from Latin vicia.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French veche, from Latin vicia. (Wiktionary)