bird's-foot trefoil

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bird's–foot trefoil

noun \ˈbərdz-ˌft-\

Definition of BIRD'S-FOOT TREFOIL

:  a yellow-flowered European herb (Lotus corniculatus) of the legume family that has claw-shaped pods and is widely grown for forage and for erosion control

First Known Use of BIRD'S-FOOT TREFOIL

1833

bird's-foot trefoil

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Perennial, spreading, herbaceous legume (Lotus corniculatus) native to Europe and Asia but introduced to other regions. The stem grows to about 2 ft (60 cm) long. Its leaves consist of three oval leaflets, broadest near the tip. The yellow flowers (sometimes tinged with red) grow in clusters of 5 to 10. Often used as forage for cattle, it is occasionally a troublesome weed.

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