One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the pea family related to alfalfa, some kinds of which are grown for fodder or green manure and some kinds of which are troublesome weeds.
Genus Medicago, family Leguminosae: several species, including the prostrate black medick (M. lupulina)
- ‘Legumes planted as cover crops include clovers, medics, peas, and beans.’
- ‘Black medick is abundant on roadsides, dry grasslands and sand-dunes, though rare in the north-west.’
Late Middle English: from Latin medica, from Greek Mēdikē (poa) ‘Median (grass)’.
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