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  1. Vicia, genus Vicia(noun)

    widely distributed genus of annual or perennial and often climbing herbs

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  1. Vicia

    Vicia is a genus of about 140 species of flowering plants commonly known as vetches. It is in the legume family. Member species are native to Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa. Some other genera of their subfamily Faboideae also have names containing "vetch", for example the vetchlings or the milk-vetches. The broad bean is sometimes separated in a monotypic genus Faba; although not often used today, it is of historical importance in plant taxonomy as the namesake of the order Fabales, the Fabaceae and the Faboideae. The tribe Vicieae in which the vetches are placed is named after the genus' current name. Among the closest living relatives of vetches are the lentils and the true peas.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Vicia

    A plant genus of the family FABACEAE that is widely used as ground cover and forage and known for the edible beans, VICIA FABA.

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