vetchling

[ vech-ling ]
/ ˈvɛtʃ lɪŋ /

noun

any of several slender, climbing plants belonging to the genus Lathyrus, of the legume family, similar to the vetch but having a winged or angular stem, as L. palustris, of North America.

Nearby words

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  4. vet. sci.,
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  8. veteran car,
  9. veterans administration,
  10. veterans day

Origin of vetchling

First recorded in 1570–80; vetch + -ling1

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British Dictionary definitions for vetchling

vetchling

/ (ˈvɛtʃlɪŋ) /

noun

any of various leguminous tendril-climbing plants of the genus Lathyrus, esp L. pratensis (meadow vetchling), mainly of N temperate regions, having winged or angled stems and showy flowersSee also sweet pea
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