Definition of milk vetch in English:

milk vetch

Pronunciation /ˈmilk ˌveCH/ /ˈmɪlk ˌvɛtʃ/


  • A plant of the pea family found throughout the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere, grown in several regions as a fodder plant.

    Genus Astragalus, family Leguminosae: numerous species, including the widespread A. canadensis

    ‘Tonics like ginseng, the root of membranous milk vetch, dangsheng and baishu are used.’
    • ‘Under the agreement, the agency will close 49,000 acres of the Algodones Dunes, the largest dune ecosystem in North America, to preserve the only U.S. home of Peirson's milk vetch.’