Bird's-foot
Bird's-foot Bird's"-foot`, n. (Bot.) A papilionaceous plant, the {Ornithopus}, having a curved, cylindrical pod tipped with a short, clawlike point. [1913 Webster]

{Bird's-foot trefoil}. (Bot.) (a) A genus of plants ({Lotus}) with clawlike pods. {Lotus corniculatas}, with yellow flowers, is very common in Great Britain. (b) the related plant, {Trigonella ornithopodioides}, is also European. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • bird's-foot — [bʉrdz′foot΄] n. pl. bird s foots any of various plants whose leaves or flowers resemble a bird s foot, as the bird s foot trefoil * * * …   Universalium

  • bird's-foot — noun (plural bird s foots) a leguminous plant bearing pods shaped like the foot of a bird. [Ornithopus perpusillus.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • Bird's-foot trefoil — Bird s foot Bird s foot , n. (Bot.) A papilionaceous plant, the {Ornithopus}, having a curved, cylindrical pod tipped with a short, clawlike point. [1913 Webster] {Bird s foot trefoil}. (Bot.) (a) A genus of plants ({Lotus}) with clawlike pods.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bird's-foot trefoil — /berrdz foot / 1. a plant, Lotus corniculatus, of the legume family, the pods of which spread like a crow s foot, grown for forage. 2. any similar plant of the same genus. [1825 35] * * * Perennial, spreading, herbaceous legume (Lotus… …   Universalium

  • bird's-foot trefoil — noun a small leguminous plant which has three lobed leaves, yellow flowers streaked with red, and triple pods that resemble the feet of a bird. [Lotus corniculatus.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • bird's-foot violet — a violet, Viola pedata, of the eastern and midwestern U.S., having single flowers with a yellow center, two purple upper petals, and three lavender lower petals: the state flower of Wisconsin. [1830 40, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • bird's-foot trefoil — noun Date: 1833 a yellow flowered European herb (Lotus corniculatus) of the legume family that has claw shaped pods and is widely grown especially in the United States for forage and for erosion control …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bird's-foot violet — noun Date: 1839 a common violet (Viola pedata) of the eastern United States with deeply cleft leaves and pale blue to purple flowers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bird's foot trefoil — 1. Lotus americanus. 2. Lotus corniculatus …   Medical dictionary

  • bird's-footviolet — bird s foot violet also bird foot violet (bûrdʹfo͝ot ) n. An eastern North American violet (Viola pedata) having large blue or purple flowers and palmately divided leaves that are shaped somewhat like a bird s foot. * * * …   Universalium

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