hyacinth bean

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hyacinth bean

n.
A twining vine (Lablab purpureus) in the pea family native to tropical Africa and Asia, grown for forage and for its pods and seeds, which are edible after boiling. Also called lablab bean.
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Noun1.hyacinth bean - perennial twining vine of Old World tropics having trifoliate leaves and racemes of fragrant purple pea-like flowers followed by maroon pods of edible seedshyacinth bean - perennial twining vine of Old World tropics having trifoliate leaves and racemes of fragrant purple pea-like flowers followed by maroon pods of edible seeds; grown as an ornamental and as a vegetable on the Indian subcontinent; sometimes placed in genus Dolichos
genus Lablab, Lablab - one species: hyacinth bean
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
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