any of a number of leafy, climbing or trailing plants (esp. genus Vicia) of the pea family, grown chiefly for fodder and as a green manure
Origin of vetchMiddle English feche, veche ; from Norman French veche ; from Classical Latin vicia, vetch ; from Indo-European an unverified form weik- (; from base an unverified form wei-, to bend from source weak)
Any of various herbs of the genus Vicia of the pea family, having pinnately compound leaves that terminate in tendrils and small, variously colored flowers.
Origin of vetchMiddle English vetche, from Old North French veche, from Latin vicia; see weik-2 in Indo-European roots.