screw bean


noun

a tree, Prosopis pubescens, of the legume family, native to the southwestern U.S., bearing twisted pods used as fodder.
the pod itself.

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Origin of screw bean

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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  • The screw-bean or screw-pod mesquite is a small slender-trunked tree with sharp spines at the bases of the hoary foliage.

    Trees Worth Knowing|Julia Ellen Rogers