Share this entry

Share this page

melilot

Line breaks: meli|lot
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛlɪlɒt
 
/

Definition of melilot in English:

noun

A fragrant herbaceous plant of the pea family, which is native to Eurasia and north Africa and is sometimes grown as forage or green manure.
  • Genus Melilotus, family Leguminosae
Example sentences
  • The Chinese use yellow melilot medicinally, use it in cosmetics, and burn it as an incense.
  • There are 25 species of clovers and trefoils (Trifolium spp.), eight species of medic and alfalfa (Medicago spp.), and three species of melilots.
  • Other fodder plants introduced from Europe include the yellow or white melilots,, which may be seen in mid to late summer on the Sawston by-pass, and a larger form of Bird's foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus ssp.var. sativa) which often grows nearly a metre high on the South Down.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, via Latin from Greek melilōtos 'honey lotus'.

Words that rhyme with melilot

boycottdovecotesandlot

Definition of melilot in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…