- a Eurasian plant, Onobrychis viciifolia, of the legume family, having pinnate leaves and clusters of pink flowers, used for forage.
Origin of sainfoin
1620–30; < French, equivalent to Middle French sain (< Latin sānus healthy) + foin (< Latin fēnum, faenum hay)
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The time to cut it is, as with clover and sainfoin, when it is in early flower.
It feeds on the wild heartsease, also on sainfoin and borage.British Butterfiles
W. S. Coleman
Sainfoin, as already intimated, is perennial in its habit of growth.
The feeding value of sainfoin is much the same as that of alfalfa.
The methods for making alfalfa hay will apply also to sainfoin.
- a Eurasian perennial leguminous plant, Onobrychis viciifolia, widely grown as a forage crop, having pale pink flowers and curved pods
C17: from French, from Medieval Latin sānum faenum wholesome hay, referring to its former use as a medicine
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