Definition of bird's-foot trefoil in English:

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bird's-foot trefoil

(also birdsfoot trefoil)

noun

A small plant of the pea family with leaves that consist of three leaflets, yellow flowers streaked with red, and triple pods that resemble the feet of a bird.
  • Lotus corniculatus, family Leguminosae.
Example sentences
  • Plants thriving on the meadows include oxeye daisy, yellow-rattle, meadowsweet, bird's-foot trefoil and common knapweed.
  • Bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus L.) is a perennial forage legume used for pasture, hay and silage in many regions of the world.
  • The clear yellow flowers of the greater bird's-foot-trefoil are at the top of the stem.

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Syllabification: bird's-foot tre·foil

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