crown vetch

noun
a plant, Coronilla varia, of the legume family, native to the Old World, having clusters of pink flowers and used to prevent erosion on banked roadsides.
Also called axseed.


Origin:
1895–1900

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crown vetch
 
n
Also called (US): axseed a trailing leguminous European plant, Coronilla varia, with clusters of white or pink flowers: cultivated in North America as a border plant

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Example sentences
Crown vetch is a perennial legume that reproduces by seeds and spreads
  vegetatively.
The flowers of crown vetch are usually more pink than those of goat's rue.
Crown vetch is a serious management threat to natural areas due to its seeding
  ability and rapid vegetative spreading by rhizomes.
Mowing does not increase herbicide effectiveness on crown vetch.
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