licorice vetch
Astragalus As*trag"a*lus, n. [L. See {Astragal}.] 1. (Anat.) The ankle bone, or hock bone; the bone of the tarsus which articulates with the tibia at the ankle. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) A genus of papilionaceous plants, of the tribe {Galege[ae]}, containing numerous species, two of which are called, in English, {milk vetch} and {licorice vetch}. {Gum tragacanth} is obtained from different oriental species, particularly the {Astragalus gummifer} and {Astragalus verus}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Arch.) See {Astragal}, 1. [1913 Webster]


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  • Vetch — Vetch, n. [Also fitch; OE. ficche, feche, for veche, OF. veche, vecce, vesche, vesce, F. vesce, fr. L. vicia.] (Bot.) Any leguminous plant of the genus {Vicia}, some species of which are valuable for fodder. The common species is {Vicia sativa}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • milk vetch — Astragalus As*trag a*lus, n. [L. See {Astragal}.] 1. (Anat.) The ankle bone, or hock bone; the bone of the tarsus which articulates with the tibia at the ankle. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A genus of papilionaceous plants, of the tribe {Galege[ae]} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wild licorice — noun 1. North American plant similar to true licorice and having a root with similar properties • Syn: ↑wild liquorice, ↑American licorice, ↑American liquorice, ↑Glycyrrhiza lepidota • Hypernyms: ↑herb, ↑herbaceous plant …   Useful english dictionary

  • milk vetch — noun any of various plants of the genus Astragalus • Syn: ↑milk vetch • Hypernyms: ↑woody plant, ↑ligneous plant • Hyponyms: ↑wild licorice, ↑wild liquorice, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • milk-vetch — noun any of various plants of the genus Astragalus • Syn: ↑milk vetch • Hypernyms: ↑woody plant, ↑ligneous plant • Hyponyms: ↑wild licorice, ↑wild liquorice, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Abrus precatorius — Vetch Vetch, n. [Also fitch; OE. ficche, feche, for veche, OF. veche, vecce, vesche, vesce, F. vesce, fr. L. vicia.] (Bot.) Any leguminous plant of the genus {Vicia}, some species of which are valuable for fodder. The common species is {Vicia… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anthyllis vulneraria — Vetch Vetch, n. [Also fitch; OE. ficche, feche, for veche, OF. veche, vecce, vesche, vesce, F. vesce, fr. L. vicia.] (Bot.) Any leguminous plant of the genus {Vicia}, some species of which are valuable for fodder. The common species is {Vicia… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vicia sativa — Vetch Vetch, n. [Also fitch; OE. ficche, feche, for veche, OF. veche, vecce, vesche, vesce, F. vesce, fr. L. vicia.] (Bot.) Any leguminous plant of the genus {Vicia}, some species of which are valuable for fodder. The common species is {Vicia… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Astragalus — As*trag a*lus, n. [L. See {Astragal}.] 1. (Anat.) The ankle bone, or hock bone; the bone of the tarsus which articulates with the tibia at the ankle. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A genus of papilionaceous plants, of the tribe {Galege[ae]}, containing …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Astragalus gummifer — Astragalus As*trag a*lus, n. [L. See {Astragal}.] 1. (Anat.) The ankle bone, or hock bone; the bone of the tarsus which articulates with the tibia at the ankle. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A genus of papilionaceous plants, of the tribe {Galege[ae]} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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