Origin of sainfoinFrench from sain, wholesome ( from Classical Latin sanus, healthy, confused in French with saint) + foin ( from Classical Latin faenum), hay
a Eurasian perennial plant (Onobrychis viciaefolia) of the pea family, cultivated as a forage or cover crop
A Eurasian plant (Onobrychis viciifolia) in the pea family, having pinnately compound leaves and pink or white flowers and often grown as a forage crop.
Origin of sainfoinFrench from Old French from Medieval Latin sānum faenum Latin sānum neuter of sānus healthy Latin faenum hay ; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.
- French honeysuckle
From French sainfoin.
- Clover, lucerne and sainfoin make up the bulk of artificial pasturage, while vetches, crimson clover and cabbage are the other chief forage crops.
- The river valleys abound in natural pasture, and sainfoin, lucerne and other forage crops are largely grown; cattle-raising is an important source of wealth, and the cheeses of Troyes are well known.
- Under hay are included the produce of clover, sainfoin and rotation grasses, and also that of permanent meadow.
- The hay made from clover, sainfoin and grasses under rotation generally gives a bigger average yield than that from permanent grass land.
- Whatever the specific rotation, there may in practice be deviations from the plan of retaining on the farm the whole of the root-crops, the straw of the grain crops and the leguminous fodder crops (clover, vetches, sainfoin, &c.) for the production of meat or milk, and, coincidently, for that of manure to be returned to the land.