from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. plural The kidney-vetch, Anthyllis Vulneraria. The name has also been given to many other plants.
  • n. One of the hairy appendages of the legs of lobsters, attached to the base of the leg. They are the gills or branchiæ. See exopodite.
  • n. A kind of confectioners' cake, or of sponge-cake, so named from the long and slender form.
  • n. A finger-shaped variety of the potato formerly common, small, white, and of delicate flavor.
  • n. A variety of apple. Also ladyfinger.

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  • n. tall coarse annual of Old World tropics widely cultivated in southern United States and West Indies for its long mucilaginous green pods used as basis for soups and stews; sometimes placed in genus Hibiscus


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  • All was disappointing; for the meadows were beautiful at this season with their summer snow of daisies -- not dead-white snow either, for it was broken by patches of yellow buttercups, crow's-foot, lady's-finger, and vetch, and by the crimson clover flowers and the rusty red of sorrel, and the black pert heads of the nib-wort plaintain, whose black upon the white of ox-eye daisies has the rich tone of ermine.

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