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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.
Origin of crown vetch
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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)
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