AskDefine | Define melilot

Dictionary Definition

melilot n : erect annual or biennial plant grown extensively especially for hay and soil improvement [syn: melilotus, sweet clover]

Extensive Definition

Melilot (Melilotus), also known as Sweet Clover, is a genus in the family Fabaceae. Members are known as common grassland plants and as weeds of cultivated ground. Originally from Europe and Asia, it is now found worldwide.
Melilotus species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including case-bearers of the genus Coleophora including C. frischella and C. trifolii.
Blue Melilot (Trigonella caerulea) is not a member of the genus, despite the name.
melilot in Danish: Stenkløver
melilot in German: Steinklee
melilot in Spanish: Melilotus
melilot in French: Mélilot
melilot in Upper Sorbian: Komonc
melilot in Latvian: Amoliņš
melilot in Lithuanian: Barkūnas
melilot in Norwegian: Steinkløvere
melilot in Polish: Nostrzyk
melilot in Portuguese: Melilotus
melilot in Russian: Донник
melilot in Ukrainian: Буркун
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