• WordNet 3.6
    • n sainfoin Eurasian perennial herb having pale pink flowers and curved pods; naturalized in Britain and North America grasslands on calcareous soils; important forage crop and source of honey in Britain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sainfoin (Bot) A leguminous plant (Onobrychis sativa) cultivated for fodder.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sainfoin A perennial herb, Onobrychis sativa, native in temperate Europe and part of Asia, and widely cultivated in Europe as a forage-plant. It is suitable for pasturage, especially for sheep, and makes a good hay. It prefers light, dry, calcareous soils, and will thrive in places where clover fails. It has been introduced into the United States under the corrupt name asperset [F. esparcet, German esparsette]. Also cockshead, French grass, and hen's-bill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sainfoin sān′foin a leguminous fodder-plant
    • Sainfoin Also Saint′foin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. sain, wholesome (L. sanus,; see Sane.) + foin, hay (L. fænum,); or perh. fr. saint, sacred (L. sanctus,; see Saint) + foin, hay


In literature:

Fine sainfoin crops are grown, and black oats likewise do well.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
Rye Grass, Perennial 2" Sainfoin 4" Tares, or Vetches 3" Turnip, Swedish 3 lb.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
Artificial pasture was extended and there was increased use of clover, sainfoin, and rye-grass.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Broom, and cytisus, and hawthorn mingled with roses, gladiolus, and sainfoin.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
Sainfoin and turnips were growing every year into credit.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 73, November, 1863" by Various
Sainfoin, 112, 115, 143, 191, 194, 225, 331.
"A Short History of English Agriculture" by W. H. R. Curtler
Broom, and cytisus, and hawthorn mingled with roses, gladiolus, and sainfoin.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
The word Sainfoin is equivalent to the French words for sound or wholesome hay.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
Wheat, barley or oats, sainfoin, lucerne or clover, and fallow, form the universal rotation.
"Travels in France during the years 1814-1815" by Archibald Alison
It feeds on the wild heartsease, also on sainfoin and borage.
"British Butterfiles" by W. S. Coleman
The sainfoin has given a fine crop of the finest sort of hay in the world, and, this year, without a drop of wet.
"Rural Rides" by William Cobbett

In poetry:

The sainfoin and the purple vetch
Nodding above our lair
Sighed on the western breeze, whose might
Could barely stir our hair.
"On Reading Ballads" by Arthur Graeme West

In news:

To many people, sainfoin is a new crop.
The condensed tannins in sainfoin can improve fermentation and reduce the degradation of alfalfa protein when the two forages are ensiled together, say researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.