jack bean

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jack bean

n.
A tropical American annual plant (Canavalia ensiformis) in the pea family, having long pods with edible seeds and widely grown for fodder.
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jack bean

n
(Plants) a tropical American leguminous plant, Canavalia ensiformis, that has clusters of purple flowers and long pods and is grown in the southern US for forage
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jack′ bean`


n.
a bushy tropical plant, Canavalia ensiformis, of the legume family, grown esp. for forage.
[1880–85]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jack bean - annual semi-erect bushy plant of tropical South America bearing long pods with white seeds grown especially for foragejack bean - annual semi-erect bushy plant of tropical South America bearing long pods with white seeds grown especially for forage
Canavalia, genus Canavalia - herbs or woody vines of mainly American tropics and subtropics
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
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