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crown vetch

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.
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for crown vetch
  • 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.
  • In early summer, crown vetch and bird's foot trefoil demand attention.
British Dictionary definitions for crown vetch

crown vetch

a trailing leguminous European plant, Coronilla varia, with clusters of white or pink flowers: cultivated in North America as a border plant Also called (US) axseed (ˈæksiːd)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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