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

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  • 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 — n. a perennial plant (Lotus corniculatus) of the pea family, with clusters of yellow flowers, used for forage and hay …   English World dictionary

  • bird's-foot trefoil — paprastasis garždenis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pupinių šeimos medingas, pašarinis augalas (Lotus corniculatus), paplitęs Europoje, Azijoje ir šiaurės Afrikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Lotus corniculatus angl. bird s foot trefoil vok.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • bird's-foot trefoil — noun 1. : a plant of the genus Lotus: as a. : a European plant (L. corniculatus) having claw shaped pods and now widely used especially in the United States as a forage and fodder plant called also babies slippers b. : prairie bird s foot trefoil …   Useful english dictionary

  • bird's-foot trefoil — bird s′ foot tre′foil n. pln a plant, Lotus corniculatus, of the legume family, the pods of which spread like a crow s foot: grown for forage …   From formal English to slang

  • bird's foot trefoil — noun 1. Old World herb related to fenugreek • Syn: ↑Trigonella ornithopodioides • Hypernyms: ↑herb, ↑herbaceous plant • Member Holonyms: ↑Trigonella, ↑genus Trigonella …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 trefoil — 1. Lotus americanus. 2. Lotus corniculatus …   Medical dictionary

  • greater bird's-foot trefoil — pelkinis garždenis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pupinių šeimos pašarinis augalas (Lotus uliginosus), paplitęs pietų ir vidurio Europoje ir šiaurės Afrikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Lotus uliginosus angl. big trefoil; greater bird s foot… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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