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  • n. An alkaloid extracted from the seeds of the vetch (Vicia sativa) as a white crystalline substance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Near; neighboring; vicinal.
  • n. An alkaloid extracted from the seeds of the vetch (Vicia sativa) as a white crystalline substance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In phytogeography, naturalized from a neighboring formation: opposed to adventitious. See adventitious, 4.
  • Same as vicinal.
  • n. A colorless compound, (C8H15O6N3)x, contained in the seeds of the, horse-bean, Vicia faba, V. faba minor, and in the sugar-beet root. It crystallizes in aggregates of needles.

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Examples

  • When they are exposed to two unusual amino-acid relatives vicine and convicine in the beans and in the flower pollen, their bodies metabolize these chemicals to forms that damage their red blood cells and cause serious, sometimes fatal anemia.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Gonorrhæa, causing it to cease and stay totally, and correcting the distemper, and the evill ulcerous disposition of the seed vessels, & the vicine parts.

    Spadacrene Anglica The English Spa Fountain

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  • "= vicinal" -- OED

    December 29, 2008