bird's-foot trefoil

bird's-foot trefoil
/berrdz"foot'/
1. a plant, Lotus corniculatus, of the legume family, the pods of which spread like a crow's foot, grown for forage.
2. any similar plant of the same genus.
[1825-35]

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Perennial, spreading, herbaceous legume (Lotus corniculatus) native to Europe and Asia but introduced to other regions.

The stem grows to about 2 ft (60 cm) long. Its leaves consist of three oval leaflets, broadest near the tip. The yellow flowers (sometimes tinged with red) grow in clusters of 5 to 10. Often used as forage for cattle, it is occasionally a troublesome weed.

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plant
      (Lotus corniculatus), perennial, spreading herbaceous plant, of the pea family (Fabaceae), native to Europe and Asia but introduced to other regions. Often used as forage for cattle, it is occasionally a troublesome weed. The stem grows to about 60 cm (2 feet) long. The leaves consist of three rather oval leaflets, broadest near the tip. The flowers, about 2 cm (0.8 inches) wide, are yellow, sometimes tinged with red, and grow in clusters of 5 to 10.

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