from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants of the natural order Leguminosæ, the pulse family, the suborder Papilionaceæ, and the tribe Trifolieæ; the clovers.
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- n. erect annual or biennial plant grown extensively especially for hay and soil improvement
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Cowpeas, soja beans, beggarweed, velvet beans, alfalfa and melilotus can all be grown in the pecan area.
A principle called coumarin exists abundantly in the flowers of the melilotus, and it possesses an odor which is attributed to the presence of benzoic acid.
Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests, Medical, Economical, and Agricultural. Being also a Medical Botany of the Confederate States; with Practical Information on the Useful Properties of the Trees, Plants, and Shrubs