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[ seyn-foin ]
/ ˈseɪn fɔɪn /


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

Nearby words

sailorly, sailplane, sailyard, saimaa, sain, sainfoin, sainsbury, saint, saint agnes's eve, saint albans, saint andrew's cross

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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British Dictionary definitions for sainfoin


/ (ˈsænfɔɪn) /


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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