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screw bean

noun
1.
a tree, Prosopis pubescens, of the legume family, native to the southwestern U.S., bearing twisted pods used as fodder.
2.
the pod itself.
Also called tornillo.
Origin of screw bean
1865-1870
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70
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  • By the fork of the creek where the shepherds camp is a single clump of mesquite of the variety called "screw bean."

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