Definitions for sainfoinˈseɪn fɔɪn
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sainfoin, sanfoin, holy clover, esparcet, Onobrychis viciifolia, Onobrychis viciaefolia(noun)
Eurasian perennial herb having pale pink flowers and curved pods; naturalized in Britain and North America grasslands on calcareous soils; important forage crop and source of honey in Britain
Perennial herbs of the genus Onobrychis with pale pink flowers, especially Onobrychis sativa.
Origin: From sainfoin.
a leguminous plant (Onobrychis sativa) cultivated for fodder
a kind of tick trefoil (Desmodium Canadense)
Origin: [F., fr. sain wholesome (L. sanus; see Sane.) + foin hay (L. faenum); or perh. fr. saint sacred (L. sanctus; see Saint) + foin hay.]
Onobrychis, the Sainfoins, are Eurasian perennial herbs of the legume family. Including doubtfully distinct species and provisionally accepted taxa, about 150 species are presently known. The Flora Europaea lists 23 species of Onobrychis; the main centre of diversity extends from Central Asia to Iran, with 56 species – 27 of which are endemic – in the latter country alone. O. viciifolia is naturalized throughout many countries in Europe and North America grasslands on calcareous soils.
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