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An annual plant (Cyamopsis tetragonolobus) in the pea family, cultivated chiefly in semiarid regions of South Asia as a forage crop and especially for its seeds, from which guar gum is obtained. Also called cluster bean.
1. (Plants) a leguminous Indian plant, Cyamopsis tetragonolobus, grown as a fodder crop and for the gum obtained from its seeds
2. (Plants) Also called: guar gum a gum obtained from the seeds of this plant, used as a stabilizer and thickening agent in food (E412) and as sizing for paper
[C19: from Hindi]
a plant, Cyamopsis tetragonolobus, of the legume family, grown for forage and for its gum-yielding seeds.
[1880–85; < Hindi guār]
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|Noun||1.||guar - drought-tolerant herb grown for forage and for its seed which yield a gum used as a thickening agent or sizing material|