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Kentucky coffee tree

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  1. a tall North American tree, Gymnocladus dioica, of the legume family, the seeds of which (Kentucky coffee beans) were formerly used as a substitute for coffee beans.

Origin of Kentucky coffee tree

First recorded in 1775–85
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Kentucky coffee tree

  1. a North American leguminous tree, Gymnocladus dioica, whose seeds, in brown curved pulpy pods, were formerly used as a coffee substitute
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