Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various herbs of the genus Vicia of the pea family, having pinnately compound leaves that terminate in tendrils and small, variously colored flowers.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant of the genus Vicia; the tare.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) Any leguminous plant of the genus Vicia, some species of which are valuable for fodder. The common species is Vicia sativa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several leguminous plants, of the genus Vicia, often grown as green manure and for their edible seeds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun 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; see weik- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Old French veche, from Latin vicia.

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

    July 25, 2007

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

    November 13, 2007