hairy vetch

noun

Definition of hairy vetch 

: a Eurasian vetch (Vicia villosa) extensively cultivated as a cover and early forage crop

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The crop can be quite happy growing with a legume like hairy vetch or crimson clover. Sunset, "Top 10 Cover Crops for Your Fall Garden," 22 Jan. 2018 One great way to boost nitrogen is by planting leguminous cover crops, such as alfalfa, clover, hairy vetch, or peas. Beth Hanson, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthier Crops Using These Natural Nitrogen Sources," 24 Aug. 2015 Legumes like Austrian winter & Caley peas; arrowleaf, ball, button, crimson, red, & white clovers; blue lupine, common and hairy vetch all add nutrients to the soil. Michelle Matthews, AL.com, "'You're my angel': Off-duty nurse saves man's life in Mobile," 24 Dec. 2017

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1901, in the meaning defined above

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