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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a Eurasian perennial leguminous plant, Onobrychis viciifolia, widely grown as a forage crop, having pale pink flowers and curved pods

Word Origin for sainfoin

C17: from French, from Medieval Latin sānum faenum wholesome hay, referring to its former use as a medicine
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