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kidney vetch

noun
1.
an Old World plant, Anthyllis vulneraria, of the legume family, formerly used as a remedy for kidney diseases.
Also called woundwort.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10
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kidney vetch

noun
1.
a silky leguminous perennial plant, Anthyllis vulneraria, of Europe and N Africa, with yellow or orange flowers Also called ladies' fingers
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Encyclopedia Article for kidney vetch

perennial herb, of the pea family (Fabaceae), found in meadows, alpine pastures, and dry places of Europe and northern Africa. The low, hairy plant grows to a height of 15-40 cm (6-16 inches) and has narrow leaves 1.4-3.8 cm (0.5-1.5 inches) long and yellow, reddish, or white flowers. It was formerly used as a remedy for kidney disorders but is now frequently cultivated in rock gardens.

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