sainfoin

sainfoin

[seyn-foin]
noun
a Eurasian plant, Onobrychis viciifolia, of the legume family, having pinnate leaves and clusters of pink flowers, used for forage.

Origin:
1620–30; < French, equivalent to Middle French sain (< Latin sānus healthy) + foin (< Latin fēnum, faenum hay)

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sainfoin (ˈsænfɔɪn)
 
n
a Eurasian perennial leguminous plant, Onobrychis viciifolia, widely grown as a forage crop, having pale pink flowers and curved pods
 
[C17: from French, from Medieval Latin sānum faenum wholesome hay, referring to its former use as a medicine]

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