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[fen-yoo-greek, fen-oo-] /ˈfɛn yʊˌgrik, ˈfɛn ʊ-/

a plant, Trigonella foenum-graecum, of the legume family, indigenous to western Asia, but extensively cultivated elsewhere, chiefly for forage and for its mucilaginous seeds, which are used in medicine.
an annual heavily scented Mediterranean leguminous plant, Trigonella foenum-graecum, with hairy stems and white flowers: cultivated for forage and for its medicinal seeds

Old English fenograecum, from Latin faenugraecum, literally “Greek hay,” from faenum (see fennel) + Graecum. The modern form in English is from Middle French fenugrec.


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