from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several Old World herbs of the genus Medicago in the pea family, having clusters of small, usually yellow flowers and compound leaves with three leaflets. Several species are important for fodder and green manure.
  • n. A member of a military medical corps.
  • n. A physician or surgeon.
  • n. A medical student or intern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to medicines; medical.
  • n. A doctor
  • n. A paramedic, someone with special training in first aid, especially in the military
  • n. A medical student.
  • n. Alternative spelling of medick (“herb of the genus Medicago”).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Medical.
  • n. A leguminous plant of the genus Medicago. The black medic is the Medicago lupulina; the purple medic, or lucern, is Medicago sativa.
  • n. A person who serves to provide medical care.
  • n. A member of the medical corps in the military.
  • n. A medical doctor.
  • n. A medical student.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as medical.
  • n. A physician or doctor; a medical student.
  • Same as Median.
  • n. A kind of clover, Medicago sativa; Burgundy clover; lucerne.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several Old World herbs of the genus Medicago having small flowers and trifoliate compound leaves
  • n. a medical practitioner in the armed forces


Middle English medike, from Latin Mēdica, from Greek Mēdikē, from feminine of Mēdikos, of Media, from Mēdos, a Mede; see Mede.
Latin medicus, physician; see medical.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin medicus ("of or belonging to healing, curative, medical; as a noun, medicus, masculine, a physician, doctor, surgeon"), Late Latin medica ("feminine, a female physician, midwife"), from mederi ("to heal"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Maybe, but according to definition #2, 'some are pests'.

    November 5, 2008

  • Maybe it has healing properties?

    November 5, 2008

  • I cry out for a medic, and WeirdNet brings me a flowering plant.

    November 5, 2008