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hairy vetch

a plant, Vicia villosa, of the legume family, native to Eurasia, having hairy stems and violet and white flowers, widely grown as forage and as a cover crop.
Also called winter vetch.
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First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • After a soil has been supplied with the germs needed by this plant, the hairy vetch is productive on many different kinds of soil.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett

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