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jack bean

  1. a bushy tropical plant, Canavalia ensiformis, of the legume family, grown especially for forage.
  2. the white seeds of this plant.
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Origin of jack bean

First recorded in 1880–85
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Historical Examples of jack bean

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for jack bean

jack bean

  1. 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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