hairy vetch


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

Examples of hairy vetch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Look for Legumes like hairy vetch to add nitrogen. Grains like oats and rye to add organic matter. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2023 Four species of cover crops – plants such as winter rye and hairy vetch, later removed in the spring – are key to soil resuscitation efforts underway at Deep Roots, 53 acres of rolling hills that used to be part of a tobacco farm. Carey L. Biron, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Dec. 2022 Legumes like hairy vetch add nitrogen, grains add organic matter. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Oct. 2022 Ryegrass, fescue, clover and hairy vetch can be planted now. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 4 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hairy vetch was in 1901

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“Hairy vetch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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