milk vetch


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n milk vetch any of various plants of the genus Astragalus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Milk vetch (Bot) A leguminous herb (Astragalus glycyphyllos) of Europe and Asia, supposed to increase the secretion of milk in goats.☞ The name is sometimes taken for the whole genus Astragalus, of which there are about two hundred species in North America, and even more elsewhere.
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In literature:

Astragalus glyciphyllus (Sweet Milk Vetch) .
"Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway Illustrative and Descriptive of Places along the Line from Worcester to Shrewsbury" by J. Randall
Stock eat vetch hay greedily, and this hay increases the flow of milk in dairy animals and helps to keep animals fat and sleek.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
The diet should be mainly albuminous, such as wheat bran or middlings, peas, beans, vetches, and milk.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The caterpillars feed upon the leaves of oak and Astragalus or milk vetch.
"Butterflies Worth Knowing" by Clarence M. Weed