- a bushy tropical plant, Canavalia ensiformis, of the legume family, grown especially for forage.
- the white seeds of this plant.
Origin of jack bean
First recorded in 1880–85
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Dorinda stood under the jack-bean vines, blossoming purple and white, and watched the men as they silently rode away.The Prophet of the Great Smoky Mountains
Charles Egbert Craddock
- 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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