Botanical name: 

Foenum Graecum.

A plant of the trefoil kind, but singular in its manner of growth, cultivated in fields in many places for the sake of the seed. It is emollient. It grows a foot and a half high; the stalks are round, striated, and branched. The leaves are short and broad: they stand three upon every stalk as in the common trefoils: and are indented about the edges. The flowers are white and small, and they resemble a pea-blossom; the pods are flat, and in them is contained a quantity of yellow seeds, of an irregular figure, and disagreeable smell.

The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.