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sainfoin

[ seyn-foin ]
/ ˈseɪn fɔɪn /
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noun

a Eurasian plant, Onobrychis viciifolia, of the legume family, having pinnate leaves and clusters of pink flowers, used for forage.

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Origin of sainfoin

1620–30; <French, equivalent to Middle French sain (<Latin sānus healthy) + foin (<Latin fēnum,faenum hay)
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British Dictionary definitions for sainfoin

sainfoin
/ (ˈsænfɔɪn) /

noun

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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