1. vetch

noun. any of various climbing plants of the genus Vicia having pinnately compound leaves that terminate in tendrils and small variously colored flowers; includes valuable forage and soil-building plants.


  • spring vetch
  • bird vetch
  • Vicia sepium
  • Calnada pea
  • Vicia cracca
  • Vicia
  • leguminous plant
  • bush vetch
  • tufted vetch
  • genus Vicia
  • Vicia sativa
  • legume
  • tare
  • Vicia orobus


  • veche (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • vicia (Latin)

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2. milk-vetch

noun. any of various plants of the genus Astragalus.


  • ligneous plant
  • Astragalus
  • genus Astragalus
  • Astragalus alpinus
  • Astragalus glycyphyllos
  • alpine milk vetch
  • wild liquorice
  • Astragalus danicus
  • milk vetch
  • wild licorice
  • purple milk vetch

Sentences with vetch

1. Noun, singular or mass
The common vetch is often found on the side of the road and in waste areas.