Meaning of bird's-foot in English:



  • A European plant of the pea family, which bears pods shaped like the foot of a bird.

    Ornithopus perpusillus, family Leguminosae

    ‘The bird's foot violet (Viola pedata) is a spring and autumn flowering perennial herb named for its finely dissected leaves which resemble the splayed toes of a bird.’
    • ‘We must linger for a moment more, for just at the top of the bank I see the little bird's foot (Ornithopus perpussillus).’
    • ‘The bird's-foot violet is a small perennial plant that flowers in the spring and again in the fall.’
    • ‘In Ontario, the bird's-foot violet is found only in the southwest where it grows in several small scattered populations in open black oak savanna habitat.’