the violently poisonous seed of an African climbing plant, Physostigma venenosum, of the legume family, the active principle of which is physostigmine.
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Origin of Calabar bean
1875–80; named after Calabar, Nigeria
Also called ordeal bean.
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British Dictionary definitions for calabar bean
/ (ˌkæləˈbɑː, ˈkæləˌbɑː) /
the dark brown very poisonous seed of a leguminous woody climbing plant, Physostigma venenosum of tropical Africa, used as a source of the drug physostigmine
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