kidney vetch

kidney vetch

noun
an Old World plant, Anthyllis vulneraria, of the legume family, formerly used as a remedy for kidney diseases.
Also called woundwort.


Origin:
1700–10

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kidney vetch
 
n
Also called: ladies' fingers a silky leguminous perennial plant, Anthyllis vulneraria, of Europe and N Africa, with yellow or orange flowers

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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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