- any plant belonging to the genus Medicago, of the legume family, having trifoliate leaves and grown as a forage crop.
Origin of medic2
1400–50; late Middle English medike < Latin mēdica < Greek (póa) Mēdikḗ literally, Median (grass)
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Examples from the Web for medick
You're going to do a lot more than ostensibly work at it, Medick.
From this latter the medick is easily distinguished by its heads of naked, blackened, incurved seed-vessels.Science and Practice in Farm Cultivation
Lucerne, lū′sėrn, n. a species of Medick, a valuable forage-plant.
Dr. Medick here, who has made an important discovery that will enable all of you to return to your homes, will read it to you.
- any small leguminous plant of the genus Medicago, such as black medick or sickle medick, having yellow or purple flowers and trifoliate leaves
C15: from Latin mēdica, from Greek mēdikē (poa) Median (grass), a type of clover
- informal a doctor, medical orderly, or medical student
C17: from medical
- the usual US spelling of medick
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Word Origin and History for medick
1650s, "physician, medical student," from Latin medicus "physician" (see medical (adj.)); modern sense of "serviceman in a military medical corps" first recorded 1925.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A member of a military medical corps.
- A physician or medical student.
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