japan clover


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n japan clover an annual of tropical Asia naturalized in United States
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Japan clover (Bot) a cloverlike plant (Lespedeza striata) from Eastern Asia, useful for fodder, first noticed in the Southern United States about 1860, but now become very common. During the Civil War it was called variously Yankee clover and Rebel clover.
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In literature:

Much that has been said as to the curing of medium red clover will also apply to Japan clover.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
To make good pastures, white and Japan clover are favorites.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett