medick

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English medike, from Latin mēdica, from Ancient Greek μηδίκη (mēdíkē), short for Μηδικὴ πόα (Mēdikḕ póa, Median grass);[1] so called because medick was imported from Media to Greece during the Greco-Persian Wars.[2]

Noun[edit]

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medick (plural medicks)

  1. Any of various European and North African herbs, of the genus Medicago, several of which are grown for fodder etc.

References[edit]

  1. ^ “medick” in OED Online, Oxford University Press, 1989.
  2. ^ Pliny the Elder, Historia Naturalis 18.43.144.