Definitions

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.

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  • 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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English vetche, from Old North French veche, from Latin vicia.

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From Old French veche, from Latin vicia.

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  • Used in the name of Swansea City's former football ground, the Vetch Field.

    November 13, 2007

  • I hate this word, it reminds me of retch.

    July 25, 2007