hairy vetch

noun
a plant, Vicia villosa, of the legume family, native to Eurasia, having hairy stems and violet and white flowers, widely grown as forage and as a cover crop.
Also called winter vetch.


Origin:
1900–05

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Example sentences
Hairy vetch mulch provides a thick residue that releases nutrients and suppresses growth of weeds.
All treatments will be planted with a mixture of rye and hairy vetch the previous summer or fall.
Crimson clover establishes earlier than hairy vetch in the fall, so suppresses weeds better.
Winter peas, hairy vetch, and red clover are examples of legumes that make excellent green manure crops.
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