Definitions of vetch
  1. noun
    any of various climbing plants of the genus Vicia having pinnately compound leaves that terminate in tendrils and small variously colored flowers; includes valuable forage and soil-building plants
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    any of several weedy vetches grown for forage
    Calnada pea, Vicia cracca, bird vetch, tufted vetch
    common perennial climber of temperate regions of Eurasia and North America having dense elongate clusters of flowers
    Vicia orobus, bitter betch
    European perennial toxic vetch
    Vicia sativa, spring vetch
    herbaceous climbing plant valuable as fodder and for soil-building
    Vicia sepium, bush vetch
    European purple-flowered with slender stems; occurs as a weed in hedges
    Vicia villosa, hairy tare, hairy vetch
    European vetch much cultivated as forage and cover crops
    type of:
    legume, leguminous plant
    an erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae
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