- any of several trees bearing pods resembling those of a bean, as the catalpa and the carob tree.
- the laburnum, Laburnum anagyroides.
Origin of bean tree
First recorded in 1610–20
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The most beautiful and valuable of the ornamental woods are red cedar, silky oak, bean-tree, and maple.Our First Half-Century
Government of Queensland
After crossing the range, we found the bean-tree in blossom; it was magnificent.Explorations in Australia, The Journals of John McDouall Stuart
John McDouall Stuart
- any of various trees having beanlike pods, such as the catalpa and carob
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