Definition of medick in English:


(also medic)

Pronunciation /ˈmedik/ /ˈmɛdɪk/


  • A plant of the pea family related to alfalfa, some kinds of which are grown for fodder or green manure and some kinds of which are troublesome weeds.

    Genus Medicago, family Leguminosae: several species, including the prostrate black medick (M. lupulina)

    ‘Black medick is abundant on roadsides, dry grasslands and sand-dunes, though rare in the north-west.’
    • ‘Legumes planted as cover crops include clovers, medics, peas, and beans.’


Late Middle English from Latin medica, from Greek Mēdikē (poa) ‘Median (grass)’.