kidney vetch

an Old World plant, Anthyllis vulneraria, of the legume family, formerly used as a remedy for kidney diseases. Also called woundwort.
[1700-10]

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plant
also called  ladies' fingers (species Anthyllis vulneraria) 

      perennial herb, of the pea family (Fabaceae), found in meadows, alpine pastures, and dry places of Europe and northern Africa. The low, hairy plant grows to a height of 15–40 cm (6–16 inches) and has narrow leaves 1.4–3.8 cm (0.5–1.5 inches) long and yellow, reddish, or white flowers. It was formerly used as a remedy for kidney disorders but is now frequently cultivated in rock gardens.

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  • Kidney vetch — Kidney Kid ney (k[i^]d n[y^]), n.; pl. {Kidneys} (k[i^]d n[i^]z). [OE. kidnei, kidnere, from Icel. koi[eth]r belly, womb (akin to Goth. gipus, AS. cwi[thorn] womb) + OE. nere kidney; akin to D. nier, G. niere, OHG. nioro, Icel. n[=y]ra, Dan. nyre …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kidney vetch — noun perennial Eurasian herb having heads of red or yellow flowers and common in meadows and pastures; formerly used medicinally for kidney disorders • Syn: ↑Anthyllis vulneraria • Hypernyms: ↑herb, ↑herbaceous plant • Member Holonyms: ↑Anthyllis …   Useful english dictionary

  • kidney-vetch — paprastasis perluotis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pupinių šeimos pašarinis, vaistinis augalas (Anthyllis vulneraria), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, Europoje ir Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Anthyllis vulneraria angl. kidney vetch vok.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • kidney-vetch — perluotis statusas T sritis augalininkystė atitikmenys: lot. Anthyllis angl. kidney vetch rus. язвенник …   Žemės ūkio augalų selekcijos ir sėklininkystės terminų žodynas

  • kidney vetch — n. Eurasian plant with pods that are shaped like a finger (in the past was used to treat kidney disorders) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • kidney vetch — /ˈkɪdni vɛtʃ/ (say kidnee vech) noun a leguminous herb, Anthyllis vulneraria, native to Asia and Europe, formerly used as a remedy for kidney diseases …   Australian English dictionary

  • kidney vetch — noun Anthyllis vulneraria, a medical plant in the pea family Syn: woundwort …   Wiktionary

  • kidney vetch — noun a yellow or orange flowered leguminous grassland plant, sometimes grown as a fodder crop. [Anthyllis vulneraria.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • common kidney-vetch — paprastasis perluotis statusas T sritis augalininkystė apibrėžtis Žolinis pupinių (Fabaceae), seniau ankštinių (Leguminosae), šeimos augalas, kurį žmonės vadino geltonuoju dobilu. Žiedai susitelkę apvaliose galvutėse. Vaisius – vienasėklė… …   Žemės ūkio augalų selekcijos ir sėklininkystės terminų žodynas

  • Vetch — Vetch, n. [Also fitch; OE. ficche, feche, for veche, OF. veche, vecce, vesche, vesce, F. vesce, fr. L. vicia.] (Bot.) Any leguminous plant of the genus {Vicia}, some species of which are valuable for fodder. The common species is {Vicia sativa}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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