milk vetch

noun

Definition of milk vetch

: any of a genus (Astragalus) of annual or perennial leguminous herbs of north temperate regions

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Overall, fewer than 3,000 individual Braunton’s milk vetch plants persist in a region spanning about 80 miles from east to west and 25 miles from north to south. Louis Sahagunstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Endangered plants bulldozed in Topanga State Park," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of milk vetch

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for milk vetch

from the popular belief that it increases the milk yield of goats

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