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  1. any of several slender, climbing plants belonging to the genus Lathyrus, of the legume family, similar to the vetch but having a winged or angular stem, as L. palustris, of North America.

Origin of vetchling

First recorded in 1570–80; vetch + -ling1
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British Dictionary definitions for vetchling


  1. any of various leguminous tendril-climbing plants of the genus Lathyrus, esp L. pratensis (meadow vetchling), mainly of N temperate regions, having winged or angled stems and showy flowersSee also sweet pea
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