velvet bean


noun

a vine, Mucuna deeringiana, of the legume family, having long clusters of purplish flowers and densely hairy pods, grown in warm regions for forage or as an ornamental.

Nearby words

  1. velum,
  2. velure,
  3. velutinous,
  4. velvet,
  5. velvet ant,
  6. velvet carpet,
  7. velvet glove,
  8. velvet plant,
  9. velvet revolution,
  10. velvet scoter

Origin of velvet bean

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900

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