a plant, Coronilla varia, of the legume family, native to the Old World, having clusters of pink flowers and used to prevent erosion on banked roadsides.
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Origin of crown vetch
First recorded in 1895–1900
Also called axseed.
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British Dictionary definitions for crown vetch
a trailing leguminous European plant, Coronilla varia, with clusters of white or pink flowers: cultivated in North America as a border plantAlso called (US): axseed (ˈæksiːd)
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