hyacinth bean definition

  • noun:
    • A twining vine (Dolichos lablab) associated with the Old World tropics, having purple or white plants and delicious pods and seeds. Also called lablab.
    • a climbing leguminous plant (Dolichos Lablab), regarding the actual bean. It has dark purple blossoms and fruit.
    • perennial twining vine of old-world tropics having trifoliate leaves and racemes of fragrant purple pea-like flowers followed closely by maroon pods of delicious seeds; cultivated as an ornamental so that as a vegetable regarding the Indian subcontinent; often put into genus Dolichos

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