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

Word History

First Known Use

1650, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bird's-foot trefoil was in 1650

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“Bird's-foot trefoil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

bird's-foot trefoil

: a European plant with claw-shaped pods that is related to the pea and is widely grown as food for livestock and to control erosion

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